Student Life

When you ask current students about their favorite time of the day on The Frederick Gunn School campus, they invariably talk about time spent with friends, whether they are hanging out in the dorm or creating their own fun outside. School days are busy. Students move from academic and co-curricular commitments to dinner and evening study hall. But there are opportunities for friends to gather throughout the day. It might be grabbing a table together for lunch in the dining hall, hosting a movie night in your dorm room, or meeting up for an impromptu baseball game on the Quad, spikeball on the turf, or sledding on the hill behind Teddy House in winter.

Weekend activities include Open Skate and Open Hockey times at Linen Rink, trips to the Danbury Fair Mall and other local shopping centers, movie theaters, and area restaurants as well as the ever-popular Arethusa Farm Dairy for ice cream. Sign-ups are available for excursions to try bowling or visit a trampoline park, and some weekends are just good for sleeping in and going to brunch in the dining hall, where chocolate chip waffles and a fruit and yogurt bar are usually on offer. Students can also take advantage of dances, the fitness center, open gym times, seasonal activities (carve your own pumpkin, anyone?), movie screenings and guest performances right on campus, and cheer their fellow Highlanders at home.

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Student Life News

Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Millbrook 23-24

The Frederick Gunn School Boys and Girls Varsity Ice Hockey teams are headed to the 2024 NEPSAC Tournament. Both teams will play in their respective New England Quarterfinal games at home in a doubleheader at Linen Rink on Wednesday, February 28.  

Boys Varsity Hockey, the #4 seed, will play #5 seed Groton School at 3:30 p.m. 
Girls Varsity Hockey, the #3 seed, will face #5 seed Tilton School at 6:15 p.m.

Both home games may be viewed via the Live Stream from Linen Rink.

Jason Koza, Dean of Academics

The Frederick Gunn School has named Jason Koza of Denver, Colorado, an experienced administrator and teacher, to lead its academic program as Dean of Academics beginning July 1, 2024. Koza’s appointment followed an intensive, three-month search process that drew interest from a diverse pool of applicants from across the country and around the world. 

Painting by Kelsey Ketchum '26

Twenty seven Gunn students enrolled in Visual Arts courses and the Technique and Artistry co-curricular program are participating in the Kent Art Association's 32nd Annual Student Art Show. An opening reception and awards ceremony were held on February 10. The gallery, located at 21 South Main Street in Kent, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on February 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, and 24.

YMUN 50 group in session

Nineteen Highlanders in the Model United Nations co-curricular program participated in the 50th Yale Model United Nations (YMUN) conference, held January 18-21 on the campus of Yale University. This was the first time in recent memory that Gunn students joined YMUN, which attracted some 2,000 delegates from 45 countries and all 50 states.

Milo Corner '24 Eagle Scout Project

When Milo Corner ’24 set out to earn Scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, he chose a project that would connect Scouting with Frederick Gunn, who is recognized by the American Camp Association as the founder of recreational camping in America. To Corner, the pairing was a natural fit.

Anna Damosy '24

Anna Dámosy ’24 had an exciting start to her senior year at The Frederick Gunn School. Shortly after arriving on campus for Orientation, she traveled to Oxford, England, where she received a commendation in the 2023 Global Essay Competition organized by the prestigious John Locke Institute. Dámosy received her award certificate at an invitation-only academic conference and awards dinner held September 23, 2023, at the Sheldonian Theatre at the University of Oxford.

Guest Speaker Camika Spencer and DEI Director LaDarius Drew_MLK Day 2024

The Gunn community celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15 with a full day of programming, featuring educator, author, and artist Camika Spencer, who employed the art of storytelling to highlight the unexpected challenges she experienced as a Black woman, living and teaching in Egypt over the course of one year. 

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