News Archive


  • November

    Fran and Michael Keilty to Receive 2019 Friend of the Green Award

    The Gunnery will celebrate the joy of the holiday season by opening its campus to the Washington community on November 23 for its Annual Town Holiday Party. The event, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Virginia Hamilton Solley Hall, will feature the presentation of the 2019 Friend of the Green Award to Fran and Michael Keilty.
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  • The Gunnery Welcomes Documentary Filmmaker Kay D. Ray

    The Gunnery is pleased to welcome documentary filmmaker, producer and director Kay D. Ray to campus on November 14. Ray, who is the aunt of Zhanara Ray-Tunis ’20, will visit classes, including Lincoln Turner’s Film Production Class, to speak about her work, and will present her newest film, “Lady Be Good, Instrumental Women in Jazz,” at an all-school gathering. The event, which is the first in The Gunnery’s 2019-20 Speaker Series, will be held from  7 to 8 p.m. in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center.
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  • Gunnery Tenor Performs in All-National Choir in Orlando

    Congratulations to Drew Sutherland ’21, who was chosen to perform as part of the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Choir as a tenor. The concert, held November 9 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, featured performances by the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States.
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  • Four Students Selected for Celebration of Young Photographers

    Four Gunnery students have been selected to participate in the 9th annual Celebration of Young Photographers sponsored by ASAP! Jihoon An ’20 was selected for his photograph titled, "Pollution." Vincent Cai '20 was selected for his photographs, “A Warm Kiss” and "Looking For The New Year." John Feng ’20 was selected for his photographs, "Nostalgia" and "Aging," and Anna Gleason ’23 was selected for her photographs, "Freedom" and "Embrace."
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  • Sam Funk ’09 Featured in “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Exhibit

    “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” a new exhibit at the Washington Art Association, features sculptures by Sam Funk ’09 along with works on paper and paintings by local artist Brad Greenwood. Both will present an artists’ talk on Sunday, November 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at WAA. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on view through November 16.
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  • October

    The Gunnery Drama Society Presents “Backstage”

    Get ready for a peek behind the curtain! The Gunnery Drama Society will present its fall play, “Backstage,” a comedy by Pat Cook, November 7, 8 and 9 in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center. All performances are at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend. Admission is free and no reservations are required.
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  • September

    School Opens With Second Consecutive Year of Record Enrollment

    The Gunnery began its 170th academic year with record enrollment for the second consecutive year, welcoming 310 students to campus for the start of classes on September 6. The school experienced a 10 percent increase in applications during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, and surpassed the record for opening enrollment established last fall. This outcome was supported by an extremely competitive admissions process, which is expected to continue through 2019-20.
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  • July

    The Gunnery Welcomes Litchfield Jazz Festival

    This weekend, The Gunnery will welcome the celebrated Litchfield Jazz Festival, one of the longest-running jazz festivals in New England. Now in its 24th year, Litchfield Jazz Festival will bring great music to audiences on campus for the first time, while building on the successful collaboration that brought Litchfield Jazz Camp to the school for a second consecutive summer.
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  • June

    Faculty Have Big Plans This Spring and Summer

    This spring and summer, several faculty members are pursuing opportunities outside of The Gunnery campus to expand upon their professional knowledge and experience. All hope to bring the expertise they gain back to their Gunnery students, whether in the classroom or on the playing field.
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  • May

    The Gunnery Names Director of the Arts

    Ron Castonguay, an innovative music educator and accomplished musician, composer, conductor and performer, has been named Director of the Arts at The Gunnery, effective August 1, 2019. In his new role, Castonguay will be responsible for the leadership and development of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts programs and will champion the growth and integration of the arts and community with the opening of the new Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center in January 2020.
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  • Drama Society Wins 2019 Halo Award for Best Classical Play

    The Gunnery Drama Society won the 2019 Halo Award for Best Classical Play for its fall production of “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The award was one of three presented to The Gunnery Drama Society at the 16th annual Halo Awards on Tuesday, May 28, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. The school also brought home Halo Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Comedic Male Performance for “You Can’t Take It With You.”
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  • The Gunnery Celebrates 169th Commencement

    Graduates Encouraged to “Dream Big and Let Nothing Hold You Back”

    The Gunnery graduated 84 students, representing 13 states and nine countries, in the Class of 2019 at its 169th Commencement Exercises, held Sunday, May 26, 2019. The ceremony, held under the tent at Edward Wersebe Memorial Field, was notable for its abundant sunshine, joy, gratitude and a true sense of community inspired by the legacy and spirit of school founder, abolitionist, individualist and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn.
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  • Passion and Persistence: Alumni Career Day Offers Students Advice on Life and Careers

    When Tim Gaillard ’61 graduated from The Gunnery, he said he and most of his classmates planned to work for a single, large company such as IBM after college, and stay with that company for life “because they would take care of you.”
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  • April

    Annual Celebration of the Arts Highlights Individual Achievements and a Vision for the Future

    The Gunnery celebrated the arts and honored individual students for their accomplishments at the annual Arts & Letters Luncheon on April 16. The event included the opening of an exhibition of student art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and ceramics, in Solley Dining Hall.
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  • For Troubadours, Broadway Trip was “Beautiful”

    The Gunnery Troubadours, the musical ensemble on campus, participated in a Broadway musical workshop for high school students on April 3 led by Ian Weinberger, the Associate Musical Director of “Hamilton” on Broadway, and Sara Sheperd, who played Genie Klein in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and is the show’s dance captain.
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  • Student-Artists Bring Home Awards From Emerging Artist Expo

    Original works by 13 student-artists at The Gunnery are featured in the 6th annual Emerging Artists High School Expo, a juried exhibition that opened April 7 in the Henderson Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford.
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  • March

    Three Students Honored for Their Work by Kent Art Association

    The 27th annual Student Art Show at the Kent Art Association in Kent, Connecticut, featured original work by eight students at The Gunnery. Three students of Visual Arts Chair Andrew Richards P’20 were honored for their work at an awards reception held Sunday, March 24.
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  • Registration is Now Open for 2019 Summer Camps

    Children ages 9 and up can enjoy summer at The Gunnery! This year, the school will offer its own rowing camp, and The Gunnery once again will host Litchfield Jazz Camp in July and Dutch Total Soccer in August. Registration is now open for the following programs:
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  • New Exhibit at The Gunnery Features Selected Work by Artist and Faculty Member Lincoln Hale Turner

    The community is welcome to attend an opening reception for a new exhibit of photographs, paintings and multimedia work by Lincoln Hale Turner, a Roxbury artist and member of The Gunnery’s Visual Arts faculty, on Friday, April 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Tisch Family Library on campus. The event coincides with Spring Family Day. Alumni and families are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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  • It’s Alive! “Young Frankenstein” the Musical Offers Audiences a Monstrously Good Time

    “Transylvania mania” took over the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center March 21-23, as The Gunnery Drama Society brought the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” to life.
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  • February

    “Young Frankenstein” at The Gunnery March 21-23

    DATE CHANGE for "Young Frankenstein" performances: Performances are now scheduled for March 21, 22 and 23.

    The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present the Mel Brooks musical, “Young Frankenstein,” on 
    Thursday, MARCH 21, Friday, MARCH 22 and Saturday, MARCH 23 in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m.  The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. No reservations are required.
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  • Gunnery Tenor Chosen to Perform with All-State Chorus

    Drew Sutherland ’21 was selected to perform as a tenor in the All-State Chorus at the Connecticut Music Educators Association’s 2019 All-State Festival in Hartford. Auditions were held February 2 at North Haven High School.
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  • January

    Two Students Honored at Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards

    Artwork by two Gunnery students, Jean Fang ’19 and Julian Morris ’22, was selected for inclusion in the 28th annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state and an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards.
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.