The Gunnery

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The Gunnery
The Gunnery logo.jpg
'Vir Bonus Semper Discipulus Est'
Location
Washington, Connecticut, U.S.
Information
TypeCo-ed Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s)None
Established1850
Head of SchoolPeter W.E. Becker
Faculty56 Teaching Faculty
Enrollment282 students
213 Boarding, 66 Day
(9-12, PG)
Average class size14 students
Student to teacher ratio5:1
Campus220 acres (0.89 km2)
Color(s)Red and Gray
Athletics15 Interscholastic Sports Teams
Athletics conferenceNEPSAC
MascotHighlanders
Website
 
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The Gunnery
The Gunnery logo.jpg
'Vir Bonus Semper Discipulus Est'
Location
Washington, Connecticut, U.S.
Information
TypeCo-ed Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s)None
Established1850
Head of SchoolPeter W.E. Becker
Faculty56 Teaching Faculty
Enrollment282 students
213 Boarding, 66 Day
(9-12, PG)
Average class size14 students
Student to teacher ratio5:1
Campus220 acres (0.89 km2)
Color(s)Red and Gray
Athletics15 Interscholastic Sports Teams
Athletics conferenceNEPSAC
MascotHighlanders
Website

The Gunnery is a coeducational boarding and day prep school for 285 students in grades nine through twelve. The 220-acre (0.89 km2) campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, U.S., a small, historic town in the Litchfield Hills. The Gunnery has no religious or military affiliations.

The Gunnery was founded in 1850 by Frederick W. Gunn, a teacher, abolitionist, and father of recreational camping in America. It was originally 30 boys on 50 acres.[1] In 1894 The Ridge School was founded as an affiliated junior school for younger boys. The basic mission of The Gunnery is to promote the four cornerstones on which character is built: scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility.

There are ten dormitories on campus that house from 12 to 48 students each. In most cases, students are grouped by class. Each dormitory consists primarily of single and double student rooms, but also houses faculty members and their families. 85 percent of the faculty lives on campus.

The Gunnery’s academic curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts; Advanced Placement courses and many electives are offered in all disciplines. Classes average 14 students in size and are taught as seminars.


Interscholastic sports[edit]

FallWinterSpring
Crew (boys and girls)Basketball (boys and girls)Baseball (boys)
Cross-Country (boys and girls)Wrestling (boys)Crew (boys and girls)
Field Hockey (girls)Basketball (boys and girls)Golf (coed)
Football (boys)Ice hockey (boys and girls)Lacrosse (boys and girls)
Soccer (boys and girls)Skiing (coed)Softball (girls)
Ultimate Frisbee (coed)
Tennis (boys and girls)

Tradition[edit]

In 2013, a group of alumni found The Stray Shot, giving it to the class of 2013, who abruptly took the ball and hid it, announcing cryptic clues at some school meetings.

Notable alumni[edit]

Gunnery Camp, called the first organized summer camp

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Grace Powers (1898). Where to educate, 1898-1899. A guide to the best private schools, higher institutions of learning, etc., in the United States. Boston: Brown and Company. p. 37. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°37′49″N 73°18′42″W / 41.6303°N 73.3118°W / 41.6303; -73.3118