For 100 years, The Branson School has prepared young people for lives of consequence. In 2020, we come together as a community to celebrate the successes of our first century and to look ahead to our second – guided by our mission, values, and the vision articulated in the Strategic Plan.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our Centennial throughout this year. Reconnect with Branson, reminisce, meet our amazing students, and – most importantly – enjoy!

Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, our schedule of spring and fall events is in flux. Please check back here for updates.


Centennial Launch Day | February 12, 2020
Centennial kickoff

Our Centennial year celebration launched with a special Assembly for current Branson students, faculty, staff, and trustees. The program included remarks by Chris Mazzola, reminiscences by alumnae Sally Grover Bingham '59 and Robyn Sue Fisher '97, a historical retrospective in photos, the introduction of 100 Acts of Branson, and a new "Centennial Crisp" ice cream flavor created for Branson by Smitten Ice Cream, Fisher's company. The finale was a boisterous singing of "Happy Birthday to Branson" by the whole assembly as hundreds of balloons cascaded down from above. See the photos.
 


100 ACTS OF BRANSON | February 2020 - DECEMBER 2020
Centennial logo

What are the things that truly make Branson Branson? 100 Acts of Branson is a curated collection of 100 crowd-sourced images and vignettes that we're collecting throughout the year and posting on Instagram. They're points of pride, reflecting Branson’s mission and values, and unique to our school and community. See our tagboard and follow us on Instagram.
 


Alumni Day of Giving | February 14, 2020
I (heart) Branson Logo

Alumni and alumni parents, support 100 years of Branson faculty with our annual Day of Giving. Help us reach our goal of 10 alumni donors per class. Make a gift today. 


Centennial Speaker Series | Spring & FALL 2020

Branson's Centennial Speaker Series welcomes distinguished alumni back to campus during 2020 to share their craft and demonstrate the ways in which their work reflects Branson's core values of Kindness, Courage, Honor, and Purpose. We invite the entire Branson community to join us for these presentations, free of charge.

Julia Flynn Siler headshot
APRIL 28 at 7 pm – Julia Flynn Siler ‘78, author of The White Devil’s Daughters in conversation with Jeff Symonds, Director of Teaching and Learning

The White Devil’s Daughters is a revelatory history of the trafficking of young Asian girls that flourished in San Francisco during the first hundred years of Chinese immigration (1848-1943). It offers an in-depth look at the “safe house” that became a refuge for those seeking their freedom. The book will be available for purchase at the event, or at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Reserve your tickets.


 
Mike Long
FALL 2020 – MiKE Long ‘92, editor of the documentary Q Ball IN A Movie Screening & PanEL

Experience Q Ball, the eye-opening, inspirational documentary about the San Quentin Prison basketball squad—teammates incarcerated at “the Q”— and their road toward rehabilitation and possible redemption. The panel discussion of the film will include the film's editor Mike Long ‘92 and Branson Head of School Chris Mazzola, joined by Antwan “Banks” Williams and Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie, both whom were formerly incarcerated at San Quentin. Join us for a riveting dialogue about engagement, restorative justice, and redemption as you hear first-hand from those who've been there.


Luke Mobley '16 with Branson Acting Students
Fall 2020 – David Edelman ‘03  on “Navigating the Next 100 Years of Technology

R. David Edelman is an American policymaker and academic who currently directs the Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on issues of the digital economy and national security. 


CENTENNIAL VISITING ARTIST SERIES |  JANUARY - DECEMBER 2020
Luke Mobley '16 with Branson Acting Students

We’re pleased to welcome distinguished alumni artists and performers back to Branson throughout the year to share their talents with our students. Artists will be added to this list as they are announced.

Luke Mobley '16, Just Add Water, Yale University Improv. Ensemble (Coaching for TheaterSports, January 2020)

Stacey Printz '88, Artistic Director, Printz Dance Project (Choreographer for Body Talk, January 2020)


ALUMNI CENTENNIAL ART EXHIBIT |  SEPTEMBER 2020
Painting_Fall 2019

See the work of Branson alumni artists in the New House Gallery during the month of September. Meet the artists at a special reception during the September 11-12 weekend. Details will be announced soon.


 


CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND |  September 11 - September 12, 2020
Welcome Branson Alumni

Whether you were here in 1920 or 2020, we're all connected to Branson and to each other through our shared experiences. Come back to Branson for Centennial Weekend and reconnect with classmates, faculty, and our beautiful campus through our community-wide celebration, class-specific reunions for years ending in 0 and 5, and more. Join us.
 


CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: 100 YEARS OF CONNECTIONS |  POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBA
The Res Arch

Come back to the beautiful Branson campus and toast our first 100 years. Please join us for an evening under the stars, with wonderful food, cocktails, and music at our Centennial Celebration, on Saturday, September 12. We welcome ALL former students, current and former parents, trustees, faculty, and staff members  to come and re-connect, celebrate our shared history, and officially embark on our second century together. It promises to be a memorable evening! Additional details are coming soon.

 


CENTENNIAL PLAY |  NOVEMBER 2020
Play Week

Honoring the early Branson tradition of Play Week, our Centennial Celebration closes with the world premiere of a brand new play – curated by Maura Vaughn, written by our talented Branson community members, and performed by Branson actors. Modeled on “The Dining Room,” this new work gives a fresh retelling of Branson history and unique Branson experiences. Past, present, and future intersect as history comes to life on stage. Join us in the journey of bringing this new work to life.

The Katharine Branson School (KBS) officially opened with 54 students in September of 1920.

Centennial Logo

Branson’s Centennial logo celebrates the first 100 years of our history.

 

Keep in touch

New event information, articles, and photos will be added to this page throughout the year, so check back often for updates.

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