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Pingry Flashes Back

Not surprisingly, over the course of more than 150 years of Pingry history, the School has amassed some fascinating artifacts. From antique printing blocks to Dr. Pingry’s handwritten documents to school catalogues from the 1800s, they live in the Pingry School Archives.

Each month, we take pleasure in showcasing some of the more compelling items here, and "flashing back" to a bit of Pingry history. So, come on in and join us in a "virtual" visit to The Pingry School Archives.

A Virtual Visit to the Archives...

John Magadini Marines Uniform

The Pingry School Archives recently received an exceptionally generous and meaningful donation from the family of beloved teacher and coach, John "Mags" Magadini. The extensive collection contains a treasure trove of personal items documenting Mags' remarkable life and career, spanning photographs, news clippings, programs, plaques, awards, and clothing dating back to the 1950s.

1994 Pingry Baseball Cap

As the 2024 Spring Sports season gets underway, the Pingry School Archives has much to celebrate. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the 1994 Baseball team's NJSIAA State Championship victory. Coached by Manny Tramontana and captained by Ted Corvino '94, Joe Marchese '94, and Ryan Molloy '94, the team featured three Pingry Hall of Famers in Tramontana and brothers Jake and Nick Ross.

Outline for Review American History

Artifacts from Pingry's long history often find their way back to the school archives through unexpected channels. Such is the case with a recent donation from Mr. James Lopes, who had no other connection to Pingry besides owning a book co-authored by Charles Bertram "C.B." Newton, Pingry's eighth Head of School. Mr. Lopes acquired the book from a neighbor years ago and recently decided it belonged back with the Pingry School.

Display of silver bowls and cups

The Pingry School Archives, working together with the school’s Development office, recently rediscovered some fascinating school history - a set of engraved silver bowls, cups, and plates honoring generous Pingry alumni.

2005 Lower School Holiday Concert

Over 100 VHS and digital video tapes from the past 30 years were recently re-discovered at Pingry's Lower School campus in Short Hills. Once this remarkable find was sent to the school's Archives in Basking Ridge for preservation and cataloging, it was soon clear these tapes offer a unique glimpse into Pingry's rich history and culture.

2005 Girls' Soccer Hall of Fame Display Case

An important part of The Pingry Archives’ work is to create displays for the school. Those displays in Pingry's Athletics Hall of Fame are some of the most fun to assemble, and there was much fun to be had when three new members were honored during September’s Homecoming Weekend.

Front Vestibule Display

This summer, The Pingry School unveiled two new displays. The first, located just inside the main clock tower entrance, welcomes students, staff, and visitors to the school and highlights the school’s Honor Code. The second, larger display is situated inside the arts entrance and celebrates the school's Achievement in the Arts Award.

1997 Pingry School Website Mouse Pad Thumbnail

During this summer’s reorganization of the technology department, a number of interesting artifacts from Pingry's early internet days were unearthed. One of those, tucked away in a long-forgotten box, was a 1997 mouse pad celebrating an early version of the Pingry School website.

Baseball Season? Baseball Artifacts!

The start of every spring brings with it the start of the baseball season, and this spring alum Scott Russell ‘76 donated an important piece of the school’s baseball history to The Pingry School Archives.