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Spring Concert 2022_Community Date ONLY

The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present its annual spring concert, Swing Into Spring! featuring students in String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz Band under the direction of Ron Castonguay, Director of the Arts and Music Director. Family, friends and the community are invited to attend the performance on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. only in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Admission is free with general admission seating. All guests are required to adhere to the school’s Visitor Policy.

The Frederick Gunn School Announces $25 Million Gift

The Frederick Gunn School is excited to announce a $25 million gift from Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch ’72, the largest philanthropic commitment in the 172-year history of the school. Inspired by a nearly 60-year connection to The Frederick Gunn School, the gift demonstrates the family’s tremendous philanthropic partnership with the school. 

TPACC Ribbon Cutting

On April 23, The Frederick Gunn School community gathered to officially celebrate the opening of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. It was an exciting and historic day for the school, notable in that it allowed students, faculty, administrators, Trustees and alumni to honor and thank in person lead donors, including Trustee Emeritus Jonathan Tisch ’72 and Thomas Perakos ’69, and all who helped to make this remarkable, 32,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building possible.

Love, Loss and What I Wore graphic

The Frederick Gunn School Faculty will present a staged reading of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and directed by Gunn faculty member Sarah Rose Archer. The performance will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to attend. Admission is free with general admission seating. All theatre patrons are asked to comply with the school’s current Visitor Policy.

Rooted Research 2022

On Sunday, April 24, The Frederick Gunn School hosted the 2022 Rooted Research Conference: An Exploration of Heritage and History, featuring illustrated, place-based and primary-source research presentations by this year’s Gunn Scholars, Robin Wright ’22 and Grace Noh ’22. The conference, held in the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center, also featured special presentations by five Gunn seniors, who spoke about their Civic Changemakers Projects for the Center for Citizenship and Just Democracy, and six students in the Original Civic Research and Action program (ORCA) at Mamaroneck High School in New York.

Rabbi Andy Bachman P'19_TPACC Opening Celebration

Rabbi Andy Bachman P’19, who is perhaps best known as the parent of Lois Bachman ’19, spent two days in residence in April, getting to know the community and being available to the community, through one-on-one meetings with faculty, and a Passover dinner with a small group of students and faculty. Bachman also presented at School Meeting on April 22, and offered words of blessing at the opening celebration for the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center on April 23. Throughout his visit, he spoke about the convergence of Passover, Easter, and Ramadan this spring, explaining the similarities between those faith traditions, and how our interconnectedness reinforces the idea that “there is more that unites us in the world than divides us. It’s a phase that I try to think about, carry with me, live with each day,” Bachman said.


After a two-year hiatus during the global pandemic, the Founder’s Day Regatta will return to Lake Waramaug on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Some 500 student-athletes representing more than a dozen teams from independent and public high schools throughout the region are scheduled to participate. Heats begin at 9 a.m., when the top four boats from each school will line up at the starting line. Grand and petit finals will be held in the early afternoon. 

Girls lacrosse vs. Canterbury April 2022

Four members of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team have been selected to represent Connecticut at the 2022 USA Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, which will be held May 28 and 29 at Cedar Lane Regional Park in Maryland. Congratulations to Maya Sellinger ’23, Ashleen Hay ’23, Caroline Marich ’24, and Viv Boucher ’23.

Eagle Scout Sean Hall '22

Sean Hall ’22 has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. His accomplishment was celebrated March 19 in New York City at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, a ceremony that reflected the themes of leadership, service and family. The event was attended by Hall's family and friends, including several Gunn students and faculty members.

Two Left Turns by Lilly O'Farrell '22

The Washington Art Association's Second Annual High School Emerging Artists Expo features original work by several Frederick Gunn School students. This juried art show is open to all high school student-artists in the area who design and create original work. The exhibition, which will remain on view through April 24, features over 80 pieces in the mediums of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media and digital art, WAA said.

2021-22 Gunn Scholars and Faculty

On Sunday, April 24, The Frederick Gunn School will host the 2022 Rooted Research Conference: An Exploration of Heritage and History, featuring illustrated, place-based and primary-source research presentations by this year’s Gunn Scholars, Robin Wright ’22 and Grace Noh ’22, and invited guest speakers. A call for participation was issued in January to local schools, museums, and historical entities throughout the state. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center on campus and is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community. All attendees are asked to follow the school’s current Visitor Policy.

Abigail Gunn 1885

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we looked into the Paula and George Krimsky Archives and Special Collections to highlight Abigail Gunn, who co-founded our school and was known as “the Mother of the Gunnery.” 

“Abigail Gunn is just one of the many extraordinary women connected to the history of the school,” said Assistant Librarian and Archivist Moira Conlan, who is looking forward to seeing future Gunn Scholars uncover more about the lives of women who have contributed to the history of the school. At the top of Conlan’s list is Amy C. Kenyon (1861), a former faculty member who is credited with skillfully compiling an invaluable chapter of The Master of The Gunnery, "Mr. Gunn’s Written Words."

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Team photo 022622

The Boys Varsity Hockey Team beat #6 seed The Governor’s Academy 3-1 in the NEPSAC semifinal at home today. With the win, the team will host Pomfret School (#4 seed) in the New England Championship final at Linen Rink this Sunday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m. The game will be a rematch from the 2020 New England Championship game, which the Highlanders won against Pomfret.

Gary Wingfield '74

In celebration of Black History Month, we checked in with Gary Wingfield, Sr. ’74, who has been researching Gunn Black alumni with the goal of creating ways for all alumni of color — and current students — to engage, network, and talk about their shared, lived experiences. Through these efforts, Wingfield hopes to amplify the accomplishments of alumni of color, instill a sense of pride among the entire Highlander community, and link the past to the present.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Poster

The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, February 24-26 at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. The February 24 and 25 shows are open to students and faculty only. Parents and the community are invited to attend one night only on February 26. Admission is free. No registration is required. In accordance with the school’s Visitor Policy, all theatre patrons are required to be fully vaccinated and will be required to wear a mask indoors.

Ski team members at Ski Sundown 2022

Ten members of the boys and girls varsity ski teams are participating today in the 2022 NEPSAC Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Championship at Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts. The Class C race marks the conclusion of a historic season for the school’s skiing program, which doubled in size and expanded to include two varsity teams for the first time.