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 are proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary with all members of our community.
Friday, September 8, 2017 – Founders’ Day Kick Off
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – All Student, Faculty and Staff Photograph
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Family Fun Day
Friday, May 11, 2018 – 150th Anniversary Gala at the Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Alumni day
Here are two additional BFS at 150 events to keep an eye out for this year: the opening of the museum-style student-curated BFS history exhibition this fall and the launch celebration of the Brooklyn Friends School Sesquicentennial History Book this winter.
In addition, you can expect all of the traditional BFS events to return this year as well — with a 150th flavor. All BFS at 150 events are free of charge with the exception of the 150th Anniversary Gala which will serve, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Friends Fund, as the year’s primary fundraiser.