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Pawling, New York
|Type||All-boys, boarding, secondary school|
|Motto||Fides et Virtus |
(Faith and Virtue)
|Headmaster||William W. Taylor|
|Grades||8-12, and post-graduate; middle school available for day students|
|Enrollment||300 students, 75% boarders, 25% day students|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
|Athletics||13 intercollegiate sports with 34 teams|
|Athletics conference||Founders' League|
|Mascot||The Pride (Lion)|
Trinity-Pawling School, founded in 1907, is an independent college preparatory boarding school for boys from eighth grade through postgraduate year. The 230 acre campus is situated in Pawling, New York, a small hamlet in southern Dutchess County. It is located 60 miles north of New York City.
Trinity-Pawling School was founded in 1907 by Dr. Frederick Luther Gamage, who had previously been headmaster of St. Paul's School (Garden City, New York). The first school building was Dutcher House, a building which had previously had functioned as a hotel. Shortly after, George Bywater Cluett, who had previously donated money to Dr. Gamage for a gymnasium at St. Paul's, provided a larger grant for a new flagship building for the school that was then known as The Pawling School.
In 1910, it moved to its current location on Route 22, in a new building designed by New York City architect Grosvenor Atterbury – a building named Cluett Hall. The Pawling School was renamed Trinity-Pawling School in 1947.
One of Trinity-Pawling's first students was William Bradford Turner, a descendant of the first Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor William Bradford. Turner was killed in action in World War One, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
At Trinity-Pawling, the Practicum for Civic Leadership allows students to learn how to think using a multi-disciplined approach to address a problem. The Practicum is broken down into 3 parts: the Senior Independent Project, the Winter Project, and the Global Collaborative Challenge. Each of these encourage students to work collaboratively to understand an issue, learn how to give an oral presentation both as part of a group and as an individual, and understand how to ask the right questions when confronted with a challenge are critical 21st century skills.
During the spring term, rising seniors select a Senior Independent Project topic. Over the summer and throughout the fall term, each senior works on an independent project whereby he is linked with a faculty member and an alumnus or friend of the school. With guidance from both the assigned faculty member and mentor, each senior explores a specific topic in great detail. This part of the Practicum consists of an oral presentation, as well as a final presentation to the entire school using an alternative medium such as a chapel talk, newspaper article, T-P Ted talk, etc. Part of the exercise is figuring out how to share the findings with the school community.
In the winter term, all non-juniors select from a broad range of interdisciplinary course offerings and pair up with two teachers (one from each discipline) on a project that requires using the tools from both disciplines. Students are also encouraged to design their own projects to fit their interests.
In the winter term, in lieu of a Winter Project, the entire junior class works on multiple global issues. The students are placed into random groups of five, and each group selects a global topic. They then present a solution to the topic in a 12-minute collaborative presentation to a group of faculty. After the presentation, the group must defend its position. The group is graded on its ability to address the enormity of the global topic, the depth of research, the quality of the presentation, the collaborative nature of the presentation and the group’s defense of its presentation.
One of the School`s most distinctive attributes is its signatory Effort System, which began 45 years ago. Each boy at Trinity-Pawling is recognized and assessed in terms of the effort he devotes to a given endeavor: academics, athletics, dormitory responsibilities, civic engagement, attendance, and extracurricular programs. The learning objective inherent in this ethos of effort is to teach young people that the more they invest of themselves, the greater their accomplishments will be. The Effort System, then, becomes a pervasive characteristic of a boy`s experience at Trinity-Pawling. Every six weeks, each student receives new effort grades. The faculty considers all aspects of each student's work: academics, dorm life, athletics, extracurricular involvement, campus service, and more. Students are then placed in Group 1 (highest) through Group 5 (lowest), depending on the commitment shown by a student to his peers, teachers, coaches, and most importantly, to himself.
Advanced Placement Classes (20): Biology, Calculus (AB/ BC), English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Economics (Micro/Macro), Environmental Science, European History, Music Theory, Physics (1, C: M , C: E/M), Statistics and U.S. History Honors Classes (36): Advanced Art 1, Advanced Art 2, Advance Art 3, Advanced Pre-calculus, Advanced Spanish, Advanced Spanish Literature, Advanced Spanish Language, Algebra 2, American Experience History, American Experience Literature, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese 3, 4 and 5, Creation Modern World, English 1, English 2, French 3, 4 and 5, Geometry, Latin 3, 4 and 5, Latin Language and Literature 1 and 2, Modern World, Multi-Variable Calculus, Physics First, Spanish 2, 3, 4, 5 and Spanish Language & Culture.
With 90% of faculty living on campus, students learn and grow in a close-knit community of faculty, staff, and students. Students are guided by teachers who are also their coaches and dorm parents, establishing strong faculty-student collaboration and providing for 24/7 learning.
The school has 13 varsity sports which compete against Founder's League and non-league foes. The Founder's League comprises T-P, Kent, Taft, Avon, Hotchkiss, Choate, Kingswood-Oxford, Loomis Chaffee, and Westminster. Girls' schools in the league are Ethel Walker and Miss Porter's.
In the fall, the boys compete in football, soccer and cross country. In the winter, the school offers wrestling, squash, skiing, hockey, and basketball. In the spring teams compete in track and field, baseball, tennis, golf, and lacrosse. There are lower teams for all of these sports, which routinely send players up to the varsity level.
Facilities include the Smith Field House and a new turf field lined for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The field house was named for former headmasters Archibald Smith and Phillips Smith. The field was dedicated to long-time football coach, Associate Headmaster, and Director of Studies David N. Coratti, in the fall of 2013. Additionally, nine new tennis courts were completed in 2013. Tirrell Rink was renovated in 2010. Facility updates and additions were provided by the generosity of Trinity-Pawling alumni.
The School offers six soccer fields, a newly-refurbished basketball court (Hubbard Court), a newly refurbished weight room, and a new cardio room. The Rock Squash Courts opened in 1999, and the McGraw Wrestling Pavilion opened in 1998. The baseball field was renovated and named for Mo Vaughn, Class of 1986. An all-weather track was installed in 2006, and a grass football field remains in use on the west side of Route 22.
At Trinity-Pawling all the arts are under one roof. The Gardiner Arts Center had formerly been the school's gym from 1911 to 1960 and then served as an auditorium until 2002.
In this facility, students rehearse and work in acoustically-designed rooms for the choir, jazz band, string ensemble, and small practice rooms. Gardiner Theater is used for plays, musicals, and concerts. The stage has a full fly space and is surrounded by a set shop, dressing rooms, and a rehearsal room. Students interested in all aspects of theater production have a first-rate facility in which to learn their skills. The ground floor of Gardiner Arts Center is devoted to spaces for the visual arts. The Photo Lab has 12 enlargers and two other rooms for rolling film, drying and mounting prints, and storage. The Pottery Room has nine wheels, a slab roller, and three kilns for oxidation firings. A large painting and drawing studio can hold up to two classes at one time and the smaller Veith Studio is used by advanced students. All the studios have abundant natural light and special spotlights, and the student art work enlivens the hallways.
There are 25-30 clubs and extracurricular activities offered to students each year. Some mainstays are Model UN, Diversity Club, Debate Club, Theater Tech Crew, Key Club (Admissions tour guides), and Film Club. Some more recent additions include Makers Club, fly-fishing club, and aviation club. Each student must participate in a club, program, or activity during their time at Trinity-Pawling.
The Honor Council is a student organization. Members are elected to the Honor Council by their peers and are responsible for upholding the Honor Code through personal example while also educating the student body in honorable behavior. An honor pledge is signed by all students and faculty at the beginning of each academic year as follows:
"Honesty and integrity live at the heart of the school. Behavior inspired by faith and virtue creates honor in the academic community and allows us to live by the principles of the Trinity-Pawling Honor Code: My efforts, preparations, and presentation are at all times honest."
The mission statement of the Honor Council is as follows:
"We, the Honor Council, are formed by seven members of the student body. We hope to encourage a community of character and mutual trust. We gather to discuss honesty and integrity and ways to keep these honorable values at the core of the school's identity. We will hear cases of dishonesty and make recommendations to foster honesty and integrity among the students and within the school. Finally, the Honor Council holds the Trinity-Pawling Honor Code in trust for all future and past students, faculty and alumni."
"O Spirit of Life, Wonderful Counselor: Let your presence in our midst make this school a fountain of wholesome activity and true knowledge: to her Trustees grant timely wisdom, to her Teachers the gift of inspiration, and to her Students a questing spirit; that soundness of learning, loftiness of character, and a capacity for gallant living may be furthered in this place from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
Pawling, hear thy sons who love thee
Sing in worthy praise.
Pledging to our Alma Mater
Loyal hearts always.
Faith and courage, thy foundations,
Spread a-far thy fame:
We revere thee, Alma Mater
Honor'd be thy name.
Green the fields on which we triumphed:
Strong the friendships made.
Sunset o’er the western hillsides;
Pond in which we played.
Blazer, tie, crest worn with honor,
Boys now and always.
Chapel bells rang out the hours,
Cherish we those days.
Those who go from out thy portals,
Hallowed mem’ries bear,
Of the days of earnest striving
For thy glory there.
Here we gather strong in spirit
Ever steadfast in devotion,
Pawling hail to thee!
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith, before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might:
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, the one true Light.
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints, who nobly fought of old,
And win, with them, the victor's crown of gold.