250th Anniversary
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250th Anniversary

While our year-long celebration of Rutgers Prep’s 250th Anniversary throughout 2016 may have concluded, the personal connections, reflection, music and joy it inspired will live on for many years to come. The Anniversary timeline was marked by so many highlights, from the design of a commemorative logo years ahead of time, to a thought-provoking panel discussion of the changing landscapes in higher education and professional careers for which we are preparing our students.  The points in-between are almost too numerous to count.  

June 7, 2014 - Commemorative 250th Anniversary Logo is revealed to the RPS Board of Trustees, with the introduction of the School’s newest tagline: New Jersey’s FIRST Independent School.

January 15, 2015 - Middle Students test their Rutgers Prep knowledge by placing school milestones in chronological order between major world events. (Yes, Middle School Principal Bob Marotto came to RPS before the fall of the Berlin Wall!)

February 1, 2015 - The Next 250 Years, a Seuss-inspired book written by Eireann Corrigan ’95 and illustrated by Rutgers Prep students is published and shared with capital donors to the School.

February 6, 2015 - 250th Kickoff Dinner with special guests who each helped Rutgers Prep develop into a school lauded for Tradition, Excellence and Diversity.

April 29, 2015 - Online Store opens with specially branded 250th Logo apparel and commemorative items. 

July 17, 2015 - Members of the RPS Community are challenged to share their stories, in 250 words or less! All are welcome to read and submit their own memories and add to the rich history of Rutgers Prep.

September 15, 2015 - Lamppost banners adorned with the 250th Anniversary Logo are installed to be visible from all areas of Campus.

January 5, 2016 – FIRST day of school assembly, with grade processional, history slideshow, and all-school photo.

May 14, 2016 - Alumni Day welcomes hundreds of RPS community members to Campus for master classes, receptions, and athletic competitions.

May 31, 2016 - After an exhausting (and exhilarating) 250-mile, season-long trek throughout New Jersey, a group of RPS faculty, students, parents, alumni and retired teachers concluded their unique way of celebrating the anniversary by arriving home to Campus, welcomed by fanfare provided by the entire school community.

June 7, 2016 - A special 250th Anniversary edition of Excelsior hits mailboxes, with nods to contributors from years past.

June 10, 2016 - Faculty, Administrators, Trustees and Friends gathered to hear the amazing story of Rutgers Prep’s independence and move to Somerset, first-hand from past-parent and grandparent Stanley Kaufelt, who was an integral player in the School’s rebirth on Easton Avenue.

June 12, 2016 - Commencement in Rutgers Prep’s 250th year recognized the Class of 2016 while also paying tribute to past Presidents of the Rutgers Prep Board of Trustees, who collectively were awarded the prestigious Gottlieb Award. 

August 29, 2016 - United States President Barack Obama bestows congratulations and and distinction to Rutgers Prep in recognition of the School’s 250th Anniversary. 

September 6, 2016 - 250th Day Celebration at the State Theatre with special guests Ronobir Lahiri ’90 and Amy Vachal ’07, and memorable finale.

September 11, 2016 - The History of Rutgers Preparatory School, Volume II, authored by faculty member Tim Cohen become available for sale. Volume I, penned by Frank Sperduto in 1967, was reprinted and offered to readers in a two-part book. 

September 8, 2016 - 250 Touchstones, a collection of images published by Scot Wittman '86 that captures the history and community of Rutgers Prep, is available.

September 15, 2016 - Academic Convocation is the setting for Community Service awards. To honor the Anniversary, a new level of distinction is recognized for 24 Upper School students who each performed 250 hours or more of service to Rutgers Prep and the surrounding community. 

October 22, 2016 - Headmaster Cup, Fall Athletic Day, Community Day. No matter the name, RPS has a tradition of gathering in the first month or two of each academic year. In our 250th year, we huddled under umbrellas to watch fellow Argonauts compete in Athletic games, enjoyed food and kid-friendly activities in the lower gym, and welcomed guests during a school-wide open house. 

October 23, 2016 - Rutgers Prep Independence Day is marked for the first time, with a one-day annual fund giving campaign, honoring the philanthropic gifts that made the School’s separation from Rutgers University possible. 

December 5, 2016 - As a capstone to Rutgers Prep's 250th Anniversary, the school hosted a panel discussion, “The Evolution of College Ready.” The conversation highlighted the skills and knowledge students should master for success in college, career, and life, and advantages independent school graduates take with them. 

250th Celebration

Excelsior Spring 2016