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Our School Songs, Part 1

For many years, students at BFS have been singing the wonderful song Simple Gifts as the official school song of BFS. Introduced in the 1970s or 1980s during a choir concert, the Shaker dance song Simple Gifts was quickly adopted as our school’s much-beloved song.

There are, in fact, two earlier school songs which were written for BFS many years ago. As with Simple Gifts, these songs were learned by all BFS students, and sung at school events.


The earliest is The Friends School Blue and Gray, the author remains unknown at this time, and it may have been called The White and Gray before our school colors were changed to blue and gray during the 1930s, which will likely be the subject of a future post. Read also Our School’s Songs, Part 2.