The history of social responsibility dates to the school's inception; alumni families carry on the PD tradition with second generations of students; former Head of School Gene Bratek recalls how PD became the first independent school in the nation to offer a Global Studies Diploma; teacher Roy Garrison and alumna Kaila Dawkins '20 discuss the origins of Providence Day in 1970; Anita McLeod reflects on her time teaching at PD as the longest-serving faculty member who joined the school in 1972.
“Ever since the inception of Providence Day School in 1970, community service projects have been as ubiquitous as the ABCs.” ~Donna Gilbert in Providence Day Magazine, Winter 2005
Alumni Families Carry on the PD Tradition.
Roy Garrison has taught history at PD since 1983. Kaila Dawkins ’20 devoted her Global Studies research project to the origins of PD.
In July of 1986, headmaster Eugene Bratek began his career at Providence Day School, where he remained until his retirement in 2007. He is credited with originating the Global Studies program, making PD the first school in the nation to offer a Global Studies Diploma. Here, he shares the origins of the Global Studies program in his own words.
Beginning in 1972, a young English teacher named Anita McLeod started her career at Providence Day School. Today, she is the longest-serving faculty member at the school.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao-Tzu
Providence Day School has grown and changed each year since its founding in 1970, surpassing many significant milestones. Drawn from over the decades, here are some of the school’s memorable “firsts.”