Not many students can pride themselves on going to a school that was founded even before our country existed, but those attending RPS have such a privilege.
2016 is a special year because it is the 250th anniversary of Rutgers Preparatory School, and as a way to celebrate this, various members of our community have planned events to reflect back on all the positive memories throughout the years.
Instead of simply reminiscing on past events, however, Dr. Loy and Ms. Corrigan decided to share their spirit in their own unique way by writing a book dedicated to the next 250 years of Rutgers Prep.
The idea for this book came from Mr. Cohen, who has been working on compiling Rutgers Prep’s history for the past four years.
Rutgers Prep has come far from its start in 1766 and has produced thousands of unique graduates who have been glad to have this education.
In this book, Ms. Corrigan and Dr. Loy wanted to write about the future events of RPS in a silly and enjoyable way. Ms. Corrigan took inspiration from children’s books like those of Dr. Seuss, which grab peoples’ attention with vivid pictures and amusing rhymes.
Many people in the community contributed to the book. Ms. Corrigan reached out to students and asked them to create some of their own drawings to match the theme.
With such a talented student body, several students were glad to have this opportunity to help out and exhibit their skills. Mirroring the values that Rutgers Prep has been built on, this book is more of a community effort than anything else.
Although the book is definitely one of the most significant parts of our anniversary celebration, there are plenty of future events currently being planned.
Ms. Gantz, the 250th anniversary coordinator, is coordinating all of the activities. These events are intended to spark even more school spirit and pride in our vivid history, as well as to inspire excitement for our future.
During September of the next school year, a big party is scheduled for everybody in the community as one of the first events in commemoration of RPS’s existence. Administration hopes that everyone will come together to celebrate and have a great time.
Ms. Gantz has also teamed up with Mr. Mitchell in order to share some background and history of Rutgers Prep with the eighth grade.
As we look towards the future, it’s important to remember where we’ve come from so that we can move forward and continue to innovate. This upcoming year is certainly going to be an exciting one for the RPS community!