The Kiski School Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary with Gala Celebration and Dinner on June 1, 2013 at 7 pm

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The Kiski School's Gala Dinner, June 1, includes notable alumni speakers Marshall Goldberg, Jack Hanna, James Moore Jr., David Conrad and MC, Alan Andreini.

The Kiski School Celebrates 125th Anniversary

We have always been in the business of developing leaders through an education that combines traditional values of hard work, respect, honor, civility, honesty, athletic competition, and self-discipline within a challenging academic environment.

The Kiski School, a national leader in boys’ education founded in 1888, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year. To commemorate and celebrate the 125th anniversary, on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7 pm, the 125 anniversary year will culminate with a Gala Celebration and Dinner. Notable alumni, Marshall Goldberg, Jack Hanna, James Moore Jr. and actor David Conrad will be the guest speakers and Alan Andreini will be Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Kiski’s founder, Andrew W. Wilson Jr., a passionate visionary, purchased a resort property located on a wooded bluff above the town of Saltsburg with a vision to transform the facility into a first-class preparatory school for boys in 1888. Through its first half-century, Kiski did not merely feel like a family school – it truly was such a place. The remarkable Andrew Wilson guided the School through its first four decades with the inspired assistance of his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and his closest friends. Other notable gentlemen who shaped Kiski’s heritage were William Fair, William H. MacColl, James L. Marks Sr., Colonel John J. Daub, and Dr. L. Montgomery Clark.

It was only in 1957 when School leadership passed from the family and then to a man, John (Jack) Anderson Pidgeon, who not only adhered to the course established by Andrew Wilson and his heirs, but managed over 45 years to breathe new life into the School. His life-long devotion to the School is witnessed by the difference he has made in many boys’ lives.

Today, under Headmaster Chris Brueningsen’s vision, innovation, and thoughtful leadership, Kiski continues to be what it has always been at its best: a scholastically challenging School with a demonstrated capacity to transform young boys into confident, capable, and committed young men. “We have always been in the business of developing leaders through an education that combines the traditional values of hard work, respect, honor, civility, honesty, athletic competition, and self-discipline within a challenging academic environment designed to unlock the full potential of each boy. We continually look for ways to further enhance Kiski as a rewarding environment in which our students will continue to productively live, learn, and mature into outstanding citizens and leaders,” Brueningsen said.

At Kiski, plans have been developed and deployed cultivating the teaching of 21st century skills, within the framework of best educational practices for boys, ensuring Kiski graduates are equipped with the contemporary proficiencies needed to compete and succeed in an ever more complex and competitive world.

For 125 years, Kiski has pursued a noble vision – preparing boys for success in college and in life. Kiski is a school where a boy’s decency, character and chivalry, are expected. The entire faculty and staff are deeply committed to helping each boy become the best person he can be, both academically and socially. Students from all over the country and the world,come together as part of the close-knit community. It’s a brotherhood in which all students respect and support one another. It is a School that is full of history and tradition but at the same time it is very progressive. It’s a place where 100 percent of Kiski graduates are accepted into a four-year college or university and 80 percent of which are U.S. News Top 100 institutions.

To commemorate the 125th year, Dr. Richard Hawley has written a book titled, Kiski: The Story of a Boys School. The book takes a long look backward revealing an inspiring ad often surprising story. In extent and breadth of program, it is a School Andrew Wilson could never have imagined – and yet would recognize instantly. The book can be purchased through the Kiski bookstore.

The Kiski School, a premier all boys boarding and day school, located 30-miles east of Pittsburgh, is celebrating 125 years of preparing young men from grades 9-12 and post graduates to succeed in college and in life. Kiski is known for expertise in educating boys.

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