175th Anniversary Celebration
We were delighted to commemorate our 175th anniversary—a year of celebrations that highlighted our school’s history and milestones, recognized our remarkable community, and launched us toward a bright and purposeful future guided by our strategic vision.
Read a letter from Head of School Dana Weeks to learn more about the celebration.
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The culminating celebration of the year was held on May 15, 2021. Emceed by GFS parent and 6ABC anchor Nydia Han, we gathered for a virtual “evening in” fundraiser for scholarship at GFS. In addition to enjoying the musical talents of the Alex Levin Trio, Maya Keren, and G. Love, we heard a few exciting surprise announcements!
We enjoyed the musical talents of our students and other members of our community on May 1, 2021. Lower School music teachers Renee Warnick and Vicki Spaeth Nyce hosted a lively sing-a-long for our young friends. Then, we heard tunes from the Deb Callahan Band—a blues-soul band featuring GFS parents Callahan and Allen James, as well as our incredible Middle and Upper School musicians, including the GFS Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, World Percussion, Chamber Ensembles, and more!
Virtual plans with special reunion activities were held for classes with years ending in '0, '1, '5, and '6. There were panel discussions, workshops, and celebrations held all week long, concluding with the 175th Anniversary Celebration.
Learn more about our latest Alumni Week(end) below!
GFS History: A Timeline
Former GFS history teacher Bill Koons began a history of the school in 1989. Building on his work, Tim Wood and Kate Stover, archivists and former GFS parents, brought these stories to our community this year. Read more about the project here.
As you read these seven installments, you will walk through more than a hundred years of Germantown Friends School history. Along the way, you will discover how and why the school was founded, meet the people at the heart of the school, witness the evolving campus, become more familiar with curricular advances, and learn how the school responded to local and national challenges. Stories, analysis, photos, and rich details will make the history of the school from 1845-1970 come alive.
Please enjoy the newest feature "Master Stanley," about Stanley Yarnall, one of the most influential figures in GFS history.
NBA assistant coach and acclaimed author and speaker Jerome Allen recently spoke about his life experiences and his latest memoir.
In March, journalist Ari Berman shared his experiences covering politics and his journey to becoming a national reporter.
Giving Day, held on Friday, February 12, was a huge success this year thanks to our entire community.
In December, we welcomed Ben Thomas '14 as our annual Alumni Assembly speaker.
To kick off our 175th Anniversary, we welcomed Natalie Weathers Nixon '87 and Sarah Stein Greenberg '96 for a community conversation about embracing your creative side.
Read a letter from Head of School Dana Weeks as she reflects on our school's history
The announcement for GFS' opening was published in the Quaker publication, The Friend, in 1845.