Peddie Chronicle Spring/Summer 2022

From the Peddie Chronicle.

A Century Of Storytelling

THE PEDDIE CHRONICLE THROUGH THE YEARS

The Peddie Chronicle has been published as an alumni magazine since 1921. At just over 100 years old, the magazine is a treasury of storytelling, each issue influenced by distinct historical and cultural influences of its era. 

The Chronicle was launched soon after the school’s founding as a student publication, a joint effort of the all-female Kalomathia Society and the all-male Academia Society. Early content combined creative writing, updates on the institute and editorials on various subjects. The magazine was discontinued in 1917 for three years during World War I.

Today, the bi-annual publication reaches 10,000 members of the Peddie community, including alumni, current and former parents and employees.

Journey with us through the decades as we highlight the school and world events covered by the Peddie Chronicle over the last 100 years.

 

1920s

August 1921 Peddie Chronicle

August
1921 

The Chronicle returns as a quarterly magazine for the “purpose of familiarizing the alumni, and others who may be interested, with the active affairs of Peddie.” 

“With this issue of The Chronicle, one of the school’s traditional publications is revived. The war period, from which we are now recovering, made necessary the discontinuance of many of our time-honored customs and institutions.” 
—Editorial Notes

 

November 
1929 

The Chronicle recognizes the 1929 undefeated football team.

“Ten years from now, when Peddie alumni gather around the fireplace to recall their boyhood, they are still going to talk about the football team of 1929.”
—Editorial Notes

 

 

1930s

February
1930 

The Chronicle publishes a new hymn, “Peddie To Thee,” written by Peddie parent George S. Parsons P’31 ’33 GP’61, which remains the school’s alma mater.

 

Peddie Chronicle 1930

August
1939 

As Peddie begins its 75th year, the Chronicle invites alumni to support “The Peddie of Tomorrow.” The fundraising campaign includes plans for a new gymnasium to accommodate the school’s increasing enrollment.

 

Peddie Chronicle 1939

 

1940s

Peddie Chronicle March 1942

March
1942 

To aid in WWII national defense efforts, Peddie conducts air-raid drills and offers new courses in first aid, motor corps fundamentals, aviation, map reading and making, and radio communications. Students and Hightstown residents take turns as airplane spotters atop Memorial Hall.

“Upon the declaration of war, Dr. Wilbour E. Saunders, headmaster, immediately communicated with the naval and military authorities to find out how Peddie could best serve in this time of crisis. He was assured that the outstanding job for the preparatory schoolboy was to keep at his own work and to continue his preparation for college.”
—Hiester R. Hornberger, chairman of the faculty committee for defense coordination

 

Peddie Chronicle December 1944

December 
1944  

Peddie cancels athletic competitions, including the Peddie-Blair football game,  after a student is struck  with polio. No other cases are reported, and the  student survives.

 

Peddie Chronicle December 1945

December
1945 

Dr. Saunders reports that school life is returning to normal with the war’s end. Pfc. Robert Stackhouse, USMCR ’43, the only known Peddie alumnus to be present at the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri, gives an eyewitness account in the Chronicle. 

“Just as the General [MacArthur] had finished and closed the proceedings, a mighty armada of Allied planes approached and passed directly over our ship. Except for the sound of the Boatswain’s pipe, there was silence throughout the ship as the Japanese left.” 
—Pfc. Robert Stackhouse, USMCR ’43 

 

Peddie Chronicle 1949

August
1949 

Dr. Carol O. Morong becomes Peddie’s 11th head of school.

 

 

 

1950s

May
1951

Ayer Memorial Chapel is dedicated to Peddie’s 63 Gold Star Boys and 1,891 veterans of World War II.

 

Peddie Chronicle 1951

October 
1952

Peddie sees record enrollment (364) at the start of the school’s 88th year.

 

 

Peddie Chronicle 1952

January
1954

The Chronicle reports on the 50th anniversary of the Peddie-Blair football rivalry.

 

Peddie Chronicle January 1954

August
1957

The Chronicle reports on a visit by a then-little-known Baptist preacher, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who speaks at a “special school assembly.”

 

Peddie Chronicle August 1957

Winter
1958

The Walter H. Annenberg Library dedication takes place on Fall Homecoming Day, weeks after the Soviet Union launches Sputnik. 

“In this autumn of international concern over the progress of Soviet education, particularly in the field of science, and in this National Education Week which has seen the president speak out on the topic of education and the great metropolitan daily newspapers carry editorials expressing concern over our educational system, it is very fitting that Peddie is dedicating a new center of learning for her students and faculty.” 
—Social Studies Chair Dr.William H. Mariboe

 

Chronicle 1958

 

1960s

Peddie Chronicle Summer 1961

Summer
1961

Amid the 1961 Freedom Rides, Headmaster Morong calls desegregation “America’s number one problem of the hour.”

“Time has long since passed when we can present one face to the outside world pretending to respect all individuals and to embrace a democracy in which all men are created equal and simultaneously close off privileges to some because of their race or color. At the present moment, the race question is far more explosive and dangerous to America than the hydrogen bomb.” 
—Headmaster Carol O. Morong 

 

Peddie Chronicle Fall 1963

Fall
1963

While Headmaster Morong recovers from a heart attack, Assistant Headmaster Dr. William H. Mariboe addresses the school during a memorial service for President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

“Today, Monday, November 15th, 1963, we are all Democrats, we are all Republicans, we are all Americans as we join in paying homage to the gallant young President struck down by an assassin’s bullet last Friday.”  
—Dr. William H. Mariboe

 

Peddie Chronicle 1964

Summer
1964

As the school celebrates its centennial year, Albert L. Kerr is named Peddie’s 12th headmaster.

 

 

Peddie Chronicle Fall 1965

Fall
1965

Carl E. Geiger publishes what would become the book of record on Peddie's first hundred years, "The Peddie School's First Century."

 

Peddie Chronicle 1966

Summer
1966

Peddie receives a $700,000 gift from Walter H. Annenberg ’27, then the largest gift in the school’s history, to build the first new dorm on campus (The Masters House) since 1928.

 

Peddie Chronicle Fall 1967

Fall
1967

The Peddie Chronicle debuts its first four-color cover.

 

 

Peddie Chronicle Winter 1967

Winter
1967

Peddie announces Walter H. Annenberg’s ’27 $2 Million Challenge Gift. Headmaster Albert L. Kerr calls it “the most exciting news in Peddie’s history.”

 

Peddie Chronicle Winter 1968

Winter
1968

Peddie debuts its first campus computer, a gift of Mr. Bernard Goldsmith P’62.

 

 

1970s

Fall
1970

In June, the Peddie board of corporators votes to admit girls to Peddie as day students for the upcoming school year.

“The decision to accept girls again at Peddie was made on the basis that their presence would strengthen the  total educational quality of Peddie as well as providing  a more natural atmosphere in the classroom.” 
—Headmaster Albert L. Kerr

 

Peddie Chronicle Fall 1970

Summer
1972

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony is held for Peddie’s new athletic center.

 

Peddie Chronicle Summer 1972

Winter
1973

The Chronicle debuts an  illustration cover by Juliette Watts ’75.

“The Chronicle Staff, in order to demonstrate to its readers the surge of interest in the fine arts program, has turned to students for its new face. This cover is the result of a competition among the students.” 
—Chronicle staff

 

Peddie Chronicle Winter 1973

Summer
1977

F. Edward Potter, Jr. becomes Peddie’s 13th headmaster. 

 

Peddie Chronicle Summer 1977

 

1980s

Chronicle Summer 1980

Summer
1980

Former President Gerald Ford speaks at Commencement.

“Mr. Ford arrived on the school’s campus at 2:24 to tumultuous applause from a crowd of over 200 which had gathered to get a glimpse of a former president.” 
—Chronicle staff

 

Chronicle Spring/Summer 1984

Spring/summer
1984

After pledging $12 million for “The Campaign for Peddie,” at the time the largest single contribution from an individual to a pre-collegiate school, Walter H. Annenberg ’27 is recognized at a special Baccalaureate service. Guests include former President Gerald Ford.

 

NOVEMBER
1988

Following the sudden death of Headmaster F. Edward Potter, English Department Chair Anne L. Seltzer becomes the first female head of school. She serves one year as interim head of school.

 

Chronicle December 1989

December
1989

Thomas A. DeGray is installed as Peddie’s 14th head of school.

 

 

1990s

July
1990

Renowned movie and television producer and director Howard W. Koch ’33 receives the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards. Before a standing ovation and viewers numbering in the millions worldwide, Koch, clutching his Oscar, waves a hearty “Steady Old Peddie” as he leaves the stage.

The 1990 boys’ and girls’ swim teams win the National Championships.  The girls’ swim  team is described  as “the best swim team in the history  of Peddie.”

 

 

Chronicle July 1990

July
1993

Walter H. Annenberg ’27 makes an incredible $100 million gift to his alma mater — at the time,  the largest gift ever made to a secondary school.

“Since his arrival at Peddie in 1922, it has been Ambassador Annenberg’s dream to see Peddie at the forefront of secondary education in America. With this gift, he provides Peddie with both the opportunity and the responsibility to assume the role of leadership.” 
—Headmaster Thomas A. DeGray, in his Chronicle letter

 

Chronicle July 1993

JAnuary
1994

Larry Kelley ’33 donates his Heisman Trophy to Peddie during Blair Day festivities on November 13, 1993.

 

Chronicle January 1994

April
1995

Peddie launches a school website.

 

 

Chronicle April 1995

December
1995

Peddie launches its $18 million “The Next Step” capital campaign at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in front of what is described by Headmaster DeGray as “the largest crowd in school history.”

 

Chronicle December 1995

December
1997

Peddie names its first female athletic director, Susan Cabot. 

Former football star Ian H. Graham ’50 donates $1.5 million for Peddie’s new athletic center.

 

Chronicle December 1997

December
1998

Peddie issues laptops to all of its students.

“We think we are the only secondary school in the country that includes a full-feathered laptop as part of the tuition.” 
—Tim Corica, director of academic technology

 

Chronicle December 1998

 

2000s

Chronicle Fall 2001

Fall
2001

John F. Green becomes the 15th head of school. Green has little time to adjust when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occur on the second day of classes under his leadership.

B.J. Bedford ’90 becomes the first Peddie alumna to win an Olympic gold medal (2000 Sydney, swimming).

 

Chronicle Fall 2007

Fall
2007

During Reunion Weekend, Michael Armellino ’57 receives the inaugural Thomas B. Peddie Award, the school’s highest honor, recognizing his dedication and generosity to his alma mater. 

 

 

2010s

Spring
2010

Peddie’s new state-of-the-art aquatic center, the sparkling centerpiece in the Ian H. Graham ’50 Athletic Center renovation, opens in January to rave reviews and a large crowd that saw Falcon swimmers defeat rival Germantown Academy.

 

 

Chronicle Spring 2010

Fall
2012

Jeffrey “Harry” Holcombe, the longest-serving teacher in Peddie’s history, announces his retirement.

 

 

Chronicle Fall 2012

Fall
2013

Peter A. Quinn becomes Peddie’s 16th head of school.

 

 

Chronicle Fall 2013

Spring
2014

The Peddie Chronicle celebrates the school's sesquicentennial with "150 Faces of Peddie."

 

 

150 Faces of Peddie

Fall
2015

Elizabeth S. Silverman P’03 ’10 becomes the first woman in the school’s history to serve as the chair of the Peddie Board of Trustees.

 

 

Chronicle Fall 2015

Fall
2017

The Chronicle wins gold in the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards. 

Anne L. Seltzer receives the Thomas B. Peddie award, the school’s highest honor.

 

Chronicle Fall 2017

Spring/Summer
2018

Oliver Crane ’17 becomes the youngest person in history to row solo across the Atlantic.

 

Chronicle Spring/Summer 2018

 

2020s

Chronicle Spring/Summer 2020

Spring/Summer
2020

Peddie grapples with a global COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

Chronicle Spring/Summer 2021

Spring/Summer
2021

As the global pandemic normalizes, more than 80% of students return to campus for spring term. Faculty reflect on how COVID-19 is impacting their classrooms.