Construction of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center began with the June 9, 2018, groundbreaking celebration. The new 32,000-square-foot center will be one of the largest facilities on our campus and showcase our Visual and Performing Arts programs. The project also replaces a parking lot with new, pedestrian-friendly green space between the new building and the dining hall and moves parking and daily traffic away from the campus core. The building represents the first step of our comprehensive, long-range Campus Master Plan. It will include:

  • A state-of-the-art, 415-seat, performing arts theater where the entire school can gather for meetings and events
  • Community and event space for multiple uses
  • Classrooms and collaborative spaces
  • Studios for drawing and painting, ceramics and graphic arts
  • Darkroom and photography studio
  • Gallery spaces to regularly display student work and permanent collections
  • Choral and instrumental practice spaces, including a drum room
  • A technical shop for building and assembling sets

“In my opinion, this is a game changer for Gunnery students and for generations to follow. It will provide this wonderful school with the facilities to deliver a distinguished, diversified and unique curriculum. The performing arts program at The Gunnery is currently thriving and soon it will have a venue to match its caliber and advance it to its greatest potential. This is truly a dream come true!” - Thomas S. Perakos '69
“I have always thought that the addition of a comprehensive arts center, including performing and fine arts, makes an educational institution complete and whole. Art raises the quality of our lives. I am pleased to be part of all of this, an initiative that will bring many opportunities to students of The Gunnery for many years to come.” - Richard C. Colton, Jr., ’60

How You Can Participate

Naming Opportunities

New Parking Lot and Plantings      $500,000
Stage $500,000
Sound/Technical Room in Theater $350,000
Large Instrument Rehearsal Room $250,000
Stage Set Shop/Maker Space $250,000
Theatrical Lighting $250,000
Painting/Drawing Room $200,000
Ceramics Studio $200,000
Theatrical Sound/Control Room $125,000
New Drop off Semi Circle $100,000
Catering Kitchen $100,000
Dark Room $75,000
Dressing Rooms (2 @ $75k each) $75,000
Faculty Offices (5  @ $50k each)
Small Practice Rooms (4 @ $50k each)
Projector & Screen
Control Room/ Recording Room
Front Entrance Vestibule (Upper Level)
Stage/Piano Storage Room
Pavilion at Upper Parking
Film Room
Lower Level Entrance Vestibule
18 ft Counter along Community Room Wall (reclaimed wood)
7x3 ft. Table for Community Room (reclaimed wood) ( 2 @ $5.5k each)
6 ft. Mantle for Community Room
Benches (4 @ $2.5k-$5k each)
Auditorium Seats (415 @ $1k each)
Name of Building Committed
Auditorium Committed
Community Room Committed
Large Choral Rehearsal Room Committed
Glade Committed
Arts Corridor - Main Floor Committed
Photo Studio / Video Production Space Committed
Graphic Arts Room / Digital Studio Committed
Arts Corridor - Lower Level Committed
Hearth Committed
Group Study Room Committed

A project of this size and scale has many different naming opportunities at all different levels. For details and information on how you can support this project, please contact Sean Brown, Director of Development, at (860) 350-0183 or

ACC Ground Breaking 6.9.18 - The Gunnery

The Gunnery - A coeducational boarding and day college preparatory high school

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.