Campus Life
Here at The Gunnery we value student voices, and we support, encourage, and celebrate our writers and artists. If you like to write, you can, and if you want to get better, our faculty will show you how. Our art studio is open to everyone, from beginner to expert. Students can submit their work to the following publications:

Stray Shot

The Stray Shot is our literary magazine, first published in March 1884. It was named for a regular column delineating the arbitrary, funny, off-the-mark events and utterances of school and classroom life (like the Civil War cannon shots which went astray). In the beginning it was a school newspaper, a literary journal, a town newspaper, an alumni magazine and a yearbook and was published ten months a year.  It continued to be published four times a year as a literary magazine until 1955. It became the once a year magazine it is currently in 1956.

Students can submit art, photography, poetry and fiction to the Stray Shot.

The Gunnery News/Highlander

The Gunnery News/Highlander is our school newspaper. Established in 1935, it is a forum for students to share campus news, discuss current events, and share opinions with the school community. Selected articles from The Gunnery News are published on our website.

All students may contribute to The Gunnery News, but the bulk of the paper is produced by a student editorial staff in a yearlong class for credit.

The Red & Gray

The Red & Gray is our school yearbook. Inaugurated in 1912, it has always been a student-produced publication and is currently also a yearlong class for credit.

Stray Shot 2017

STRAY SHOT 2017: The largest Stray Shot ever! With an arresting cover photo taken in Sri Lanka by Jingqiong Miranda Yang, the 2017 issue contains remarkable work by students of all ages, hailing from a great variety of places -- Korea, Ireland, Spain, Germany, and more, including distinct voices from Waterbury Connecticut, San Diego, and San Francisco. Featured in this issue: writing by senior award winners Anh Pham, Brendon Vejseli, Miranda Yang, and Dana Ross.

The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
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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.