The Frederick Gunn School



Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn and his wife Abigail, the The Frederick Gunn School (formerly “The Gunnery”) is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. It was originally founded as a “home school” and provided students with a modified classical education in which intellectual strength, moral courage, physical rigor, and character were all highlighted. Today, the The Frederick Gunn School’s mission still maintains these values and the school has grown to border the town’s green.


  • Visitors can tour all 220 acres of The Frederick Gunn School which features elegant Colonial architecture and beautiful natural surroundings.
  • Standing next to the Gunn Dorm, the Gunn Pine appears on the school’s crest and stands as a reminder for the need of environmental awareness and constant learning.
  • Notable alumni of the school include American writer Gerald Warner Brace, director of the Ford Motor Company Edsel Ford II, and television producer Dick Wolf.