The Gunnery, a prep school in Washington, Connecticut, has announced a $10 million gift from alumni Steve ('67) and Jonathan Tisch ('72).
The largest single gift in the school's 167-year history will support key priorities detailed new strategic and campus master plans — including a new arts and community center — and will also boost the school's endowment. Issued in October 2015, the school's five-year strategic plan calls for enhancing academic and co-curricular programs with the aim of preparing students for purposeful living, responsible leadership, global awareness, and environmental stewardship; reaching, recruiting, and retaining students and faculty of diverse backgrounds; and implementing the campus master plan with the goal of developing a unique built environment, informed by the school's natural setting, that supports its programs and inspires its people.
The Tisch family's previous contributions to the school have included support for the Tisch Library (1982) and the Tisch Chair for Excellence in Teaching (1990); the renovation and subsequent naming of the school's main academic center, the Tisch Schoolhouse (2009); and a leadership challenge gift toward the construction of Graham House, a dormitory for girls.
"The Gunnery always was and still is a warm, caring, and nurturing environment," said Jonathan Tisch, who is a former board member. "This gift reflects Steve's and my belief in the school, its people, and its programs. We are very pleased that it will help allow the Gunnery to become an even stronger and more relevant institution for the students of today and tomorrow."