60TH ANNIVERSARY

Save the Date: 60th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 6:00pm
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
999 North 2nd Street | St. Louis, MO 63102

Swinging Signature Cocktail | Seated Dinner with a Far Out Twist | Groovy Music & Dancing
$150 per person; Ages 21 and up only
Register Online by Friday, November 5, 2021.

‘60s Chic Attire (Think Flower Power, Woodstock, Twiggy, Warhol, Mad Men, or choose your own spin!)

Attendance at the event requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test taken within 48 hours before the event. Face masks are required unless outdoors or actively engaged in consuming food or drink.

Contact Megan Broeckling, Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions.


A Chronological History of Forsyth School

1961

  • 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

1963

  • An adjoining garage is converted into a classroom for 15 children ages 5–7. 

1965

  • 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

1968

  • Forsyth School purchases Fillmore House, its first property, and continues to lease the Unity School of Christianity building through 1971.

1970

  • Forsyth School’s enrollment reaches nearly 275 students.

1974

  • Forsyth receives accreditation from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

1977

  • 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.

1982

  • A two-story addition to Dunbar House is completed. 
  • The Main Office is relocated to Dunbar House, where it remains to this day.

1985/86

  • 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.

1989

  • The Forsyth community raises $550,000 to purchase and renovate New House at 6226 Forsyth Boulevard.

1995

  • Forsyth purchases and renovates Gerdine House at 6244 Forsyth Boulevard.

1996

  • Forsyth purchases and renovates Last House at 6245 Wydown Boulevard.

1997

  • The Rand Center for Performing Arts & Athletics is built. (Hastings & Chivetta Architects)

1998/99

  • A four-classroom addition to the north end of Last House is completed.
  • The Sport Court is built.

2001

  • 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)

2003

  • The Gerdine House Lunchroom and third floor are renovated. (Studio|Durham Architects)

2004

  • 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)

2005

  • The New House Arts Center addition is completed. (Trivers)

2006

  • 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).

2006/07

  • Forsyth School’s enrollment reaches an all-time high of nearly 400 students.

2007

  • 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.

2011

  • Forsyth School purchases a ½-acre lot from St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and sells the church property at 305 S. Skinker Boulevard.

2012

  • Forsyth purchases Next House at 6255 Wydown Boulevard.

2013

  • Last House and Next House are renovated. (Lawrence Group Architects
  • The Hillel lot is transformed into the Big Backyard.

2014

  • Forsyth School launches the Back to Our Roots native plant landscaping project.

2015

  • Fillmore House is fully renovated. (Lawrence Group Architects
  • Forsyth installs a campus-wide emergency alarm and public address system.

2017

  • Timothy Burns, Ph.D., is named Interim Head of School upon the resignation of Michael Vachow.

2018

  • Daniel Hildebrand is named the new Head of School.

2020

  • 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.

2021

  • The Forsyth Boulevard parking lots are renovated.
  • Robert Butler, Jr., is named Head of School upon the retirement of Daniel Hildebrand.