Frederick Gunn believed in the value of pursuing education outside of the classroom and felt strongly that character was developed and honed in what we today call co-curricular activities.
The guiding principle behind athletics at The Gunnery is our belief in its educational value for our students. Our primary commitment is to provide an opportunity for student-athletes to fully develop their academic and athletic potential while simultaneously preparing them with life-long lessons for success. These opportunities include the drive to take one’s talents to the highest level of performance; embracing the discipline needed to reach high standards; learning to work with others as a team in pursuit of a common goal; and adherence to codes of fairness and respect.
The Gunnery is committed to excellence in athletics as part of a larger commitment to excellence in education. Athletes are also expected to adhere to a level of conduct that brings credit to themselves and the school and uphold the values stated in our school’s mission; character, citizenship, and service. Through practice, training and competition, the department strives to instill the character traits of engagement, collaboration, fitness, and competition in each student-athlete:
Engagement is defined as regular co-curricular interactions with Gunnery peers and faculty that build community and lifelong relationships.
Collaboration is defined as the experience of working together with Gunnery peers and faculty towards a common goal and learning selflessness by being a part of something bigger than oneself.
Fitness is defined as engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise, learning how to be/stay fit, learning the value of physical fitness, and learning the lifelong ideals of healthy living.
Competition is defined as striving, individually or collectively, against others toward a goal and risking the adversity and potential failure that accompanies that endeavor.