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A $10 Million Gift to Advance The Gunnery’s Vision

The Gunnery is excited to announce receipt of a major show of support from two of its staunchest and most consistent benefactors, Steven Tisch, class of 1967, and Jonathan Tisch, class of 1972. The leadership gift of $10 million represents the largest single contribution in the school’s 167-year history. Head of School, Peter Becker said, “This is a tremendous commitment by Jon and Steve to our mission.”
Timed to coincide with the brothers’ reunion years, the donation will support key priorities of the school’s new Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan including a new Arts and Community Center – the largest capital project the school has ever undertaken. A portion of the Tischs’ gift will also go toward the school’s endowment. In making the gift, former board member Jonathan Tisch said, “The Gunnery always was and still is a warm, caring and nurturing environment. This gift reflects Steve’s and my belief in the school, its people, and its programs. We are very pleased that it will help allow The Gunnery to become an even stronger and more relevant institution for the students of today and tomorrow.”
Added Steve, “As a student at The Gunnery, I met an incredible English teacher, who saw potential in me before I recognized it myself. From him, I learned how to be the very best I could be. It is with sincere gratitude that Jon and I are able to support The Gunnery, a place that was so formative in our own lives.”
The Gunnery’s five-year Strategic Plan was issued in October 2015 and seeks to:
  1. Enhance academic and co-curricular programs that prepare students for purposeful living, responsible leadership, global awareness, and environmental stewardship.
  2. Reach, recruit, and retain students and faculty of diverse backgrounds who embody The Gunnery’s values and embrace the school’s commitment to lifelong learning.
  3. Implement the Campus Master Plan to develop a unique built environment that supports the school’s programs and inspires its people, informed by its natural setting.
Known for their philanthropic support of cultural and educational institutions, the Tisch family has generously provided significant financial as well as advisory support to the school over the last five decades.  Visible contributions include establishment of the school’s Tisch Library (1982) and the Tisch Chair for Excellence in Teaching (1990), the renovation and subsequent naming of the school’s main academic center - The Tisch Schoolhouse (2009), and most recently, a leadership challenge gift toward the construction of Graham House - a new dormitory for girls. Other projects made possible in part by the Tisch family include the Emerson Performing Arts Center, the Teddy (Ebersol) House dormitory, and a substantial renovation of Conroy House. The school also counts the myriad contributions of the Tisch family to the Gunnery Fund, capital campaigns and the endowment, over the past 50 years.
The Gunnery is extremely grateful to Jon and Steve Tisch for their continued generosity and support. Celebrating the 200th anniversary year of founder Frederick Gunn’s birthday has reminded everyone in The Gunnery community that, like all boarding schools, its existence and strength testify to a history of generosity by alumni, parents, family members and friends of the school. It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that the school charts its path forward.

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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.