Celebrating 60 Years

The 2015-2016 school year marked the 60th anniversary of The Country School's founding, and we celebrated in all sorts of ways!

On the 60th day of school, students and teachers celebrate our anniversary with a special photo
(taken on what will soon be our new tennis courts and with the help of a construction cherry picker).

Shaping the Future: The Campaign for the 60th Anniversary

A major focus for the 60th Anniversary year was start of the Shaping the Future Campaign, an endeavor aimed at transforming campus - and The Country School experience.

Learn more about this transformative project and follow its progress.

The 60th Diamond Jubilee Gala

Learn more about this spectacular celebration, an opportunity for friends from across the decades to come together and celebrate - and shape - our school's history.

TEDxThe Country School: a 60th Anniversary Celebration

The Country School hosted its first-ever TEDx event, celebrating ideas worth spreading and The Country School's long tradition of public speaking. Learn more

Most Likely to Succeed: A film screening and panel discussion

The Country School invited the broader community to a screening of Most Likely to Succeed, the acclaimed film about the future of education. Learn more about the screening and panel discussion, a 60th anniversary edition of our Parent and Educator Series.

The 60th Anniversary Lois MacLane Poetry Recitation

First held on April 26, 1957, The Lois MacLane Poetry Recitation is The Country School's oldest and most revered tradition. For the 60th Anniversary edition, a special panel of judges - made up of previous MacLane winners, past parents, and former Heads of School - joined us. Learn more

Student Celebrations

Throughout the year, students helped us mark 60 Years of The Country School, incorporating lessons in history, in art class, and in performances. Learn more

Alumni Celebrations

Alumni joined us for the 60th Anniversary Community Tent-In on our new fields. Learn more

They also returned - en masse - to explore the transforming campus during the fall alumni reunion. Learn more

Alumni served as judges for the 60th Anniversary MacLane Poetry Recitation. It was a thrill to welcome back gold medalist Gus Dangremond '06, perennial finalist Daniel Hartsoe '05, and record-breaking four-time 1st place winner John Burt '71.

Birthday Tributes from Alumni

Alumni also shared birthday tributes. Jared Glasser and Peter Burdge, both '09, spent several weeks combing through our school archives. Jared, a student at Loyola Marymount, came up with a series of small posters to represent what he sees as core elements of The Country School mission.

Peter, a History major at Connecticut College, created 60 Years of The Country School, an interactive timeline on which he presented major milestones in The Country School's 60-year history.

Explore timeline