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Celebrating 150 Years of Friends


One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, on September 9, 1867, the Friends School at Brooklyn opened its doors to eight boys and and nine girls. Its doors have remained open for a century and a half, educating generations of children in the Quaker tradition in Downtown Brooklyn, now with over 900 students. Since day one, the key tenets of the Friends education have been: a focus on academic excellence, embracing educational innovation, an insistence on small class sizes and attention to the individual, educating the whole child, and exceptional student/teacher connections – each firmly grounded in Quaker principles and practice.

For an educational institution in Brooklyn, a city and borough which has had its share of historic highs and lows, reaching a 150th anniversary is noteworthy and a cause for reflection and celebration. During the 2017-2018 school year, we were proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary with all members of our community.

A Year of Sesquicentennial Celebrations:

Friday, September 8, 2017 – Founders’ Day Kick Off

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Family Fun Day

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – All Student, Faculty and Staff Photograph

Monday, January, 29, 2018 – 150 Years of Light: Experience the History of Brooklyn Friends School at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Friday, May 11, 2018150th Anniversary Gala at the Brooklyn Museum

Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Alumni day