Campus Life

The Gunnery to Sponsor Second “Rooted Research Conference”

On Sunday, April 28, The Gunnery will sponsor the second annual “Rooted Research Conference” featuring illustrated, place-based and primary-source history papers about the local area. A call for papers was issued in the fall to local schools, museums, and historical entities. This year’s conference will feature presentations by five Gunn Scholars – seniors Rain Ji, Michael Kassis, Paige Moffat, Tony Zhang and Joey Lin – and two guests lecturers.
April O. Kelley, a science teacher and Academic Technology Coordinator at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall in Milford, will present “We Dig History,” about a student-led archaeological program that led to the discovery of artifacts on the campus, which is a national historic landmark. In addition, Rayane Taroua, a junior at Hopkins School, will speak about a student health survey and other research she conducted, which led to the publication of her investigative report, “The Environment of Illness at Hopkins.”  

The 2018-2019 Gunn Scholars will present their research on the following topics: the development of student publications at The Gunnery, and the vital role of the school newspaper; the Vietnam War and its influence on The Gunnery and individual veterans; the role of women throughout The Gunnery's history, from Mr. Gunn’s wife, Abigail, to the young women who were enrolled in Mr. Gunn’s school in the 19th century; and the architecture of The Gunnery campus as viewed from dual perspectives: as historical landmarks and the philosophical approach of those who designed the structures.  There will be opportunities for questions.

The conference will be held in The Gunnery’s Tisch Family Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email

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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.