CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF FORSYTH SCHOOL
- Forsyth School, founded by Mary Dunbar, opens with 14 preschool students in the Unity School of Christianity building at 6214 Forsyth Boulevard.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 3, 1961: New Nursery School in Former Home
- An adjoining garage is converted into a classroom for 15 children ages 5–7.
- The Fillmore Foundation buys the house at 6224 Forsyth Boulevard for Forsyth with the understanding that the school will eventually purchase it from them.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 19, 1965: Forsyth School to Expand to Six Grades
- Forsyth School purchases Fillmore House, its first property, and continues to lease the Unity School of Christianity building through 1971.
- Forsyth School’s enrollment reaches nearly 275 students.
- Forsyth receives accreditation from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).
- Forsyth acquires Dunbar House at 6235 Wydown Boulevard for Grades 2–6, named in honor of Forsyth’s founder upon her retirement.
- Barbara Skimming is named the new Head of School.
- A two-story addition to Dunbar House is completed.
- The Main Office is relocated to Dunbar House, where it remains to this day.
- Additions to Fillmore House and playground improvements are completed.
- An art studio is established in the current Falcon’s Nest building.
- Rebecca Glenn, Ph.D., is named Head of School.
- The Forsyth community raises $550,000 to purchase and renovate New House at 6226 Forsyth Boulevard.
- Forsyth purchases and renovates Gerdine House at 6244 Forsyth Boulevard.
- Forsyth purchases and renovates Last House at 6245 Wydown Boulevard.
- The Rand Center for Performing Arts & Athletics is built. (Hastings & Chivetta Architects)
- A four-classroom addition to the north end of Last House is completed.
- The Sport Court is built.
- Forsyth School purchases former church property at 305 S. Skinker Boulevard.
- The New House Lunchroom is renovated, and the current Main Office location is created in Dunbar House. (Studio|Durham Architects)
- The Gerdine House Lunchroom and third floor are renovated. (Studio|Durham Architects)
- The campus swimming pool is removed.
- The Fillmore House Science Lab is renovated. (Studio|Durham Architects)
- New House is renovated, and the Williams Walled Garden is built. (SWT Design, Trivers)
- The New House Arts Center addition is completed. (Trivers)
- The Adventure Center, with a high ropes course, climbing wall, and high beam (built in 1998), is constructed in the Rand Center. (Industrial Steel Fabricators)
- Forsyth School’s enrollment reaches an all-time high of nearly 400 students.
- The Rebecca Glenn Playground is built in the center of campus, named for Forsyth’s longest-serving Head of School upon her retirement. (SWT Design)
- Michael Vachow is named the new Head of School.
- Forsyth School purchases a ½-acre lot from St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and sells the church property at 305 S. Skinker Boulevard.
- Forsyth purchases Next House at 6255 Wydown Boulevard.
- Last House and Next House are renovated. (Lawrence Group Architects)
- The Hillel lot is transformed into the Big Backyard.
- Forsyth School launches the Back to Our Roots native plant landscaping project.
- Fillmore House is fully renovated. (Lawrence Group Architects)
- Forsyth installs a campus-wide emergency alarm and public address system.
- Timothy Burns, Ph.D., is named Interim Head of School upon the resignation of Michael Vachow.
- Daniel Hildebrand is named the new Head of School.
- The stand-alone Science Center adjacent to Fillmore House is transformed into the current Falcon’s Nest for Forsyth’s new Eyas Program for ages 2–3. (Mackey Mitchell Architects)
- The Science Center is relocated to a newly renovated Science Lab on the third floor of New House.
- The Forsyth Boulevard parking lots are renovated.
- Robert Butler, Jr., is named Head of School upon the retirement of Daniel Hildebrand.