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MESSAGE FROM THE

HEADMASTER From the Very Good to the Truly Great

T

HE WORLD is changing and changing

board, and, more than anything, a uniquely

fast. We are now in the early stages of a

talented student body.

dynamic era of evolution in how children learn. Access to information and the speed

with which it is available are altering the world as we know it.

For more than 100 years, Brunswick School has been recognized as a “good” school. The past decade or so, however, has seen a heightened energy, justly raised expectations,

Ironically, the last time the world was changing

and spectacular results.

to this degree was just before the beginning of the last century. With the advent of the telephone, the radio, and the automobile, our nation saw the founding of a host of new schools designed to educate young people for the new world in which they would be living. Groton, Choate, Horace Mann, Riverdale, Haverford, Taft, Buckley, Hotchkiss, Middlesex, and Episcopal all appeared in response to this evolution. Deerfield, too, having been a small, local public school, transitioned into an independent boarding and day school in 1902 — in the same year, coincidentally, of Brunswick’s founding. The Brunswick story began

The School has expanded

“STRENGTH OF CHARACTER IS — AND MUST ALWAYS BE — AT THE FOREFRONT OF EVERY CLASSROOM, EVERY LUNCH TABLE, EVERY TEAM, EVERY COMMUNITY-SERVICE EFFORT, AND EVERY HUMAN INTERACTION. IT MUST BE HOW WE MEASURE OUR BOYS AND HOW WE MEASURE OUR FACULTY.”

as the dream of a young teacher

to include a second campus, constructed hundreds of thousands of square feet of new facilities, added more than 30 new faculty-housing units, introduced countless new academic programs and courses, and, most reaffirming,

As knowledge becomes more readily acces-

earned national recognition for

sible, and innovation and adaptability become

our boys in their intellectual,

more essential skills, the importance of strong

artistic, and athletic pursuits.

character, perseverance, honesty, and integrity

“Good” has evolved to “very good.” But how can we aspire still further: How can we turn “very good” into “great”? I would go so far as to say that Brunswick, at this

becomes ever more critical to the leading of a successful and meaningful life. With all this school has to offer, Brunswick boys cannot help but to receive a “very good” academic, artistic, and athletic experience. Strong young men of character, though, should

moment, is on that very trans-

always strive for greatness — and everything we

formative cusp because of our

do at Brunswick must inspire them to do so.

commitment to the character development of our boys. Strength of character is —

fresh out of Bowdoin College in (significantly)

and must always be — at the forefront of every

Brunswick, Maine, and has carried over the

classroom, every lunch table, every team, every

past century with ever-increasing momentum,

community-service effort, and every human

thanks to the manifest gifts of a dedicated

interaction. It must be how we measure our

faculty, a committed parent body, a visionary

boys and how we measure our faculty.

Thomas W. Philip

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