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The Alumni Association invites alumni, current parents, select past parents, trustees and faculty to the Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 25. This year's event features a panel of prominent CFOs: Peregrine Broadbent P ’29 (CFO of Jefferies), David Granville-Smith P ’21, ’25 (CFO and COO of A+E Networks) and Jane Nielsen P ’18 (CFO of Ralph Lauren). Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Kurani Gym, the panel will be followed by an audience Q&A as well as a reception. Registration is required at; please contact Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan at with any questions. Read more about the panelists here.

Form III Meets New Class Members & Peer Leaders

Form III boys returned to Browning a day early this year to meet the new members of their class and get acquainted with Peer Leaders from Form VI. The Peer Leaders will meet regularly with these younger boys to coach them through their first year in the Upper School, giving aid and advice on academics and social life. Click here to read more details along with video and photos.

Back To Browning For Another Year of Learning!

A new school year officially began with the Browning community gathered in Christ Church for Opening Assembly on September 6. Head of School John Botti, Student Government President Ekene Duruaku ’18, Division Heads Laurie Gruhn (Lower), Sam Keany (Middle) and Jim Reynolds (Upper) all spoke and welcomed the community back. Click here to read more details and view photos.

As is tradition, Director of College Guidance Sandy Pelz asked all Form VI boys to come forward and introduce themselves, followed by another favorite at Opening Assembly, namely, the appearance of the Panther mascot. Finally, Middle and Upper School music teacher Richard Symons, along with a talented group of faculty vocalists, led the community in singing the School Song. So welcome, everyone, and good luck as we embark on another exciting year of learning and growing at Browning!

Athletes and Thespians Prepare Early for Fall Seasons

Preseason camp in the Berkshires prepped the soccer and cross country teams for fall athletics, while Middle Schoolers came to school early to prepare for "As You Like It," the annual Shakespeare production to be performed this year on November 15, 16 and 17. Click here to view photos and read further details..

Class of 2017 Receives Diplomas

Form VI boys, their families and the entire Browning community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017 during graduation exercises on June 14 at Christ Church. Head of School John M. Botti, President of the Board of Trustees Valda M. Witt, and Head of Upper School James E. Reynolds presented diplomas to each member of the graduating class. Conor P.D. Harkins ‘17, president of the Upper School Student Council, offered parting remarks and best wishes to his fellow graduates. He was pleased to note that members of the senior class reached 100% participation in their class gift effort, raising a total of $7,691.13 and setting a record for Form VI fundraising. These funds have been allocated toward the renovation of the Cook Room. Click here to read more details and view photos.

Senior Boys Volunteer Across the City

Form VI boys annually participate in Senior Projects during the last three weeks of the school year, volunteering with nonprofit organizations across the city. After a welcome from their advisor, Janet Lien, who is director of Middle and Upper School admission, the boys reported on their work to members of the Browning community, including the faculty and Form V boys, on June 12. Click here to read more details and view photos.

Lower School Closing 2017

Tradition calls for Lower School Closing to take place at Christ Church, where the end of the school year is celebrated in song, dance and parting remarks. This year’s event took place on June 9, a beautiful sunny day for the boys’ stroll to and from Browning.  Head of Lower School/Assistant Head Laurie Gruhn welcomed the community and congratulated the boys on their accomplishments throughout their Lower School years. Click here to read more details and view photos. 

Panthers End Sensational Spring Season!

Director of Athletics Andrew West '92 spoke on behalf of the entire Browning community in praise of the Panthers! All of our Browning athletes are to be commended for their dedication, hard work and sportsmanship during this past spring season. Highlights as reported by Coach West are as follows:

Varsity Baseball:
2017 NYCAL Postseason Champions for second consecutive year
2017 NYCAL Team Sportsmanship Award (as voted on by opposing coaches)

Varsity Tennis:
2017 NYCAL Regular Season Champions
2017 NYCAL Postseason Tournament Champions

Varsity Track:
First Place Overall for Boys at the NYCAL Track Championship Meet

Click here to view photos and individual reports for Varsity Baseball, Varsity Tennis, Varsity Track, Varsity Golf, 7th & 8th Grade Baseball.

Third Grade Boys Celebrate Months of Research and Writing

Third graders celebrated their writing and research achievements with the third annual Dutch Day and a publishing party of stories they wrote.

June 6 was a celebration of that grade's third annual Dutch Day, with parents and members of the Browning community on hand to admire the boys' research describing life in Colonial New Amsterdam.

The prior morning, the third graders rejoiced in the completion of the stories they had written using the famed author, Chris Van Allsburg, as a mentor. Click here to read more details and view photos.

Lower School Boys Showcase Acting & Spelling skills

As the school year is drawing to a close, Lower School boys have been showcasing their acting and spelling skills. 

The Lower School Drama Club staged “Cast Aways” under the direction of Sarah Murphy, who described the play as follows: “It’s ‘Gilligan’s Island’ meets ‘Endgame’ in a post-climate-catastrophe future.” 

Pre-primary boys proudly presented a play inspired by the book, ‘One,’ by Katherine Otoshi. The play conveyed a wonderful message about kindness and working together, which aligns with the Pre-primary curriculum.

Lastly, the Laura P. Muhlfeld Lower School Spelling Bee included finalists from Grades Two, Three and Four. A majority of the finalists held out longer than in any previous competition. Click here to view photos and more details.

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