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150th Anniversary

Pingry celebrated its 150 Anniversary during the 2011-2012 year with an extraordinary lineup of special events in every category—from celebrating 150 Years of Pingry Athletics and the Achievement in the Arts Awards to creating a special lecture and performance series with recognized names like John Quiñones from ABC Primetime and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter. We had two wonderful books The Pingry Story: The Dream Continues which is a picture book for children and The Greatest Respect: Pingry at 150 Years, a historical coffee-table book with 400 pages of Pingry memories, happenings, and photos. Of course, we culminated the glorious year with a spectacular party, Pingry Family: A Foundation for Life Gala, under the big tent as part of Reunion Weekend 2012.

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The 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series: William S. Beinecke ’31

May 16, 2011


William S. Beinecke ’31 addressed alumni, former and current trustees, and students. What an honor it was to hear from a Pingry legend! Mr. Beinecke spoke about his memories of Pingry as a student and while his two sons, Rick and John, attended Pingry. He spoke about the move to the current location of The Pingry School. At the conclusion, two current students, Marisa Werner ’12 and Freddy Elliot ’12, presented Mr. Beinecke with a birthday cake on stage while Jay Winston, of the music department, led the audience in singing "Happy Birthday" to celebrate his 97th year! The full transcript of his speech is available here.

"Pingry: A Portrait in Blue" Premieres at Reunion Weekend 2011

May 16, 2011


It was a grand evening for Pingry alumni, and faculty and staff, as Pingry launched a major celebration to commemorate the school’s 150th anniversary. The evening began with the film premiere of Pingry: A Portrait in Blue, which was in production throughout this past year. The film highlights many of the traditions and elements that were present during the very early years and are still relevant today. For example, character development, excellence and honor, the foundation for life that Pingry provides, and the sense of community. Guests then entered the tent and were greeted with exquisite food, music, historical images rotating on the ceiling, and décor that provided an intimate atmosphere so that all in attendance could mingle and reminisce with their friends, colleagues, and former classmates. It was a night to relish what Pingry has meant to so many people and to share in the Pingry pride felt by all. A Blu-ray, high definition DVD was given as a gift to everyone in attendance.

Dr. Pingry's Birthday Celebration

September 26, 2011

Established in 2010, this new tradition honors Dr. Pingry's birthday with cake and cupcakes served at lunchtime in the dining rooms of both the Martinsville and Short Hills campuses. Dr. Pingry would have been 193 years old on this day!

Pingry Homecoming

October 1, 2011


Nearly 900 members of the Pingry community participated in Homecoming, the largest number in the history of the school’s Homecoming event! How appropriate as we celebrate our sesquicentennial! There were many current parents who had attended Back-to-School Day that morning and prospective families coming to Admissions’ Open House. The barbeque was sparked and the burgers were sizzling. Pingry alumni were proudly wearing Pingry sweat shirts, T-shirts, and fleeces undisturbed by the impending rain. Everyone enjoyed socializing under the tent or just hanging out on one of the decorative haystacks. The orange table cloths and candy corn-filled containers plus the big Pingry balloons really captured the fall day and the Pingry spirit! Although the day was threatened by hovering dark clouds, most Athletic events went ahead full force. Adding to the fun, Eleanor Johnson '12 "played" the Big Blue Bear, carrying a 150th flag in honor of Pingry's 150th anniversary, and Pingry received over 100 pledges for the 2012 Pingry Fund at a special "Hat Table."

The 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series: "Ethics and Honor"

October 14, 2011


John Quiñones, host of ABC’s What Would You Do?, co-anchor of Primetime, a correspondent for 20/20, and author of “Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices,” came to Pingry with a mission. “I want to inspire you with emotional stories,” he told the Pingry community. “I want you to find your passion, and surround yourself with positive people who feel the same way you do.” Those emotional stories came in two forms—those from Mr. Quiñones’ life, and those that he has investigated during his television career. Read more...

Celebrating 150 Years of Pingry Athletics

November 5, 2011


Surrounded by vintage photographs, jerseys, and memorabilia, former athletes and coaches and current coaches gathered in a candlelit gymnasium at Pingry’s Short Hills Campus on November 5 to reminisce about sports at Pingry. Three speeches highlighted the athletics program’s past, present, and future. Read more...

"The Pingry Story: The Dream Continues" Children's Book

March 1, 2012

At the PSPA Book Fair on the Short Hills Campus, Pingry launched the 150th Anniversary children’s book The Pingry Story: The Dream Continues and author Pat Brisson was on-hand to sign copies for students and their parents. In The Pingry Story, the headmaster shares the school’s history with students on the first day of school, accompanied by Patrick Whelan’s beautiful illustrations, a few of which were on display at the Book Fair. The Pingry Story includes a timeline and a list of Pingry’s Magistri teachers.

Achievement in the Arts Awards

March 29, 2012


Pingry honored alumni who have achieved professional distinction in the performing and visual arts with the inaugural “Achievement in the Arts Award.” This year’s recipients of the award—Alfred V. Fedak ’71, Dr. Jonathan Sarkin ’71, Harry Allen ’82, and Miguel Gutierrez ’89—demonstrated excellence in music, painting, design, and dance.

The 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series: Easy Wonderful Concert with Guster and Jon Sarkin ’71

March 30, 2012


There was a piano. There was a gong. There was an organ. There was a trumpet. Not to mention guitars, an electric guitar, a harmonica, drums, percussion, a violinist, and a cellist. This was not the typical rock concert—this was Guster, featuring Adam Gardner ’91, Brian Rosenworcel, Ryan Miller, and Luke Reynolds, performing in Pingry’s Hauser Auditorium on March 30 as part of the 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series. Read more...

The 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series: The Sounds of Pingry

April 29, 2012


Alumni, students, their families, faculty, and staff took a step back in time on April 29 when the 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series continued with “The Sounds of Pingry” at Pingry’s former campus in Hillside. The concert took place in the space that used to be known as the Chapel—now the beautifully-restored, acoustically-rich Enlow Recital Hall. Read more...

The 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series: New Jersey Governors' Panel

April 30, 2012

Former New Jersey Governors Brendan Byrne, Thomas H. Kean, and Christine Todd Whitman participated in a lively panel discussion as part of Pingry’s continued 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series, bringing a combined 23 years of experience in our state’s highest post to a packed Hauser Auditorium. Read more...


The 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series: "The Beginning of Wisdom: Timeless Relevance"

May 18, 2012


The iconic statue of Dr. Pingry, a gift of Honorary Trustee David Baldwin ’47 and his wife Barbara, was the subject of a discussion by sculptor Robert Shure. As part of the 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series, former trustee Dr. Bill Tansey III ’62 shared Pingry’s and Mr. Baldwin’s original vision for the statue—a large, highly-visible representation of Dr. Pingry that would present the image of a caring teacher interacting with students. Mr. Shure spoke about his creative process, explaining the major aspects of a sculpture’s design: location, capturing the essence of a person’s character, telling a story, expressing emotion, serving as a brand, and, in this case, making the students as important as their mentor. “Sculpting this statue of Dr. Pingry was one of the greatest honors of my career,” Mr. Shure told the audience.

"The Greatest Respect: Pingry at 150 Years" Book

May 19, 2012

Author Troupe Noonan was on-hand at Reunion Weekend 2012 to sign copies of The Greatest Respect: Pingry at 150 Years. Commissioned by Pingry in 2007, this new book commemorates Pingry’s sesquicentennial, and follows The Beginning of Wisdom, published by Dr. Herbert Hahn to commemorate Pingry’s centennial. This beautifully designed coffee-table book, spanning 20 chapters with hundreds of photos, was spearheaded by Honorary Trustee Bill Engel ’67 and Trustee Ned Atwater ’63 who were important contributors and editors throughout the book’s process. Order your copy now!

The 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series: @Jack: A Conversation with Jack Dorsey

May 19, 2012


For the culmination of the Sesquicentennial, Pingry offered an inspirational guest speaker whose messages fit with the school’s emphasis on preparing students to be global citizens. Twitter and Square Co-Founder Jack Dorsey spoke to students, alumni, and parents on May 19 about how his companies have made an impact on communication and business around the world. His talk was the Keynote Speech of the 150th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series, and he was introduced by close friend David Bugliari ’97, a talent agent at Creative Artists Agency. Read more...

150th Anniversary Spectacular Gala Celebration "Pingry Family: A Foundation for Life"

May 19, 2012


“It just made you smile” was the sentiment of so many guests who attended the Pingry Family Gala. It certainly was a momentous, historic occasion. The year-long celebration of the 150th Anniversary culminated in the phenomenally-successful “Pingry Family: A Foundation for Life” Gala. More than 820 esteemed members of the Pingry community united on the Martinsville Campus for a grand celebration in honor of Pingry’s Sesquicentennial. For this once-in-a-lifetime event, many attendees traveled from around the country, and the diversity of the Gala included alumni of all ages (Classes of the 1940s through the 2000s), parents, grandparents, current and former faculty, and staff. Read more...

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