Pinewood Prep celebrating 60 years
Pinewood Preparatory School will celebrate its 60th anniversary Friday.
The celebration, open to the community, will start at 8:30 a.m. in Eidson Gym and will feature a special multi-media tribute, remarks from current and past notables, a birthday card, treats and more. Special guests include S.C. State Representative Chris Murphy, Summerville Mayor Bill Collins, Former Trustee Rudd Smith, current trustee David Price, and former head of school Bill “Doc” McIntosh, as well as the entire student body and faculty.
In 1952, the Allan Family founded Pinewood School, beginning with 52 students in grades 1-8 and expanded to include a preschool, grades 9 and 10, a boarding department, and a summer school located in New York. A major milestone in the school’s history came in the early 1980s, when Pinewood joined with Summerville Academy. Today, the school is a bustling 43-acre campus with 750 students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade
For sixty years, Pinewood Prep has been making animpact as one of the premier independent schools in the Lowcountry, the state, and the country.
“We have played an active role in launching the lives of many talented young people, and also have a long legacy of community service, giving back to the community,” Head of School Steve Mandell said. “In the past year, we have earned national championships in Equestrian and Golf, state championships in Cheerleading, Girls Cross Country, Girls Golf, Girls Basketball, Speed/Strength, and Baseball. On the academic side, we have experienced a 100 percent graduation rate, with one in five of our graduates achieving state and national academic accolades. Our High School Quiz Bowl Team has earned back-to-back state championships.”
Just as important, the school fosters and nurtures the idea of community service, Mandell said.
“We see community service as an essential component of learning, and it is a part of our mission as a great independent school,” he added. “It is a way for our students to develop leadership skills, identify and solve problems in our communities, and become active citizens. Oftentimes, we implement new community service initiatives as a result of a student bringing an idea forward.” Students have worked with a number of community service efforts, from Habitat for Humanity efforts to Katie’s Krops, a major initiative to combat hunger by building sustainable community gardens, started by Pinewood student Katie Stagliano. At some point and level everyone in the school gets involved, noted Mandell. In fact, the school is conducting a fundraiser for Chase After A Cure, a non-profit foundation working to fund research for childhood cancers. This particular initiative involves Mandell prominently: not only will he donate to the cause but he will shave his head if the school reaches its fundraising goal.