The Gunnery

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The Gunnery
The Gunnery logo.jpg
'Vir Bonus Semper Discipulus Est'
Washington, Connecticut
Type Co-ed Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1850
Head of School Peter W.E. Becker
Faculty 56 Teaching Faculty
Enrollment 291 students
156 Boarding, 135 Day
(9-12, PG)
Average class size 14 students
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus 220 acres (0.89 km2)
Color(s) Red and Gray
Athletics 15 Interscholastic Sports Teams
Athletics conference NEPSAC
Mascot Highlanders

The Gunnery is a prestigious, coeducational boarding and day prep school for 291 students in grades nine through twelve. The 220-acre (0.89 km2) campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, U.S., a small, historic town in Litchfield Hills. The Gunnery has no religious or military affiliations.

The Gunnery was founded in 1850 by Frederick W. Gunn, a teacher, abolitionist, and father of recreational camping in America. It was originally 30 boys on 50 acres.[1] In 1894 The Ridge School was founded as an affiliated junior school for younger boys. The basic mission of The Gunnery is to promote the four cornerstones on which character is built: scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility.

There are ten dormitories on campus that house from 12 to 48 students each. In most cases, students are grouped by class. Each dormitory consists primarily of single and double student rooms, but also houses faculty members and their families. 85 percent of the faculty lives on campus.

The Gunnery’s academic curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts; Advanced Placement courses and many electives are offered in all disciplines. Classes average 15 students in size and are taught as seminars.

Interscholastic sports[edit]

Fall Winter Spring
Crew (boys and girls) Basketball (boys and girls) Baseball (boys)
Field Hockey (girls) Ice hockey (boys and girls) Golf (coed)
Football (boys) Skiing (coed) Lacrosse (boys and girls)

Tennis (boys and girls)

Soccer (boys and girls) Wrestling (boys) Softball (girls)
Cross-Country (boys and girls) Ultimate Frisbee (coed)
Crew (boys and girls) Crew (boys and girls)

Notable alumni[edit]

Gunnery Camp, called the first organized summer camp


  1. ^ Thomas, Grace Powers (1898). Where to educate, 1898-1899. A guide to the best private schools, higher institutions of learning, etc., in the United States. Boston: Brown and Company. p. 37. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 41°37′49″N 73°18′42″W / 41.6303°N 73.3118°W / 41.6303; -73.3118