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A Community Celebration Honoring the 60th Anniversary of The Colorado Springs School

The community came together on Saturday, September 17, in the Trianon for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of The Colorado Springs School. Guests enjoyed hor d'oeuvres, cocktails, cake, and conversation with some of Colorado Springs' greatest champions.

The evening began with greetings from Fundraising and Grants Coordinator Deborah Swanson, followed by opening remarks from Tambi L. Tyler, the 10th Head of School for CSS. The school was founded in 1962 as an all-girls school with 23 students before becoming co-ed in 1970. More than 330 students are currently enrolled.

"Today, we focus on serving all students, giving them the opportunity to receive the finest experiential education available in our region," Ms. Tyler said. "We invite you all to come to see what CSS has to offer."

Aadi Nashikkar '21, a CSS Lifer who attended CSS from Kindergarten through 12th grade, is a sophomore at Stanford University. He spoke of the exploration and independence he developed at CSS, both guided by the support he received from his teachers.

"Essentially, you can’t build independence without being supported first, and I was emboldened to seek out help and build things on my own when I brainstormed ways to make it possible with my teachers," he said. "I was able to work outside of expected boundaries because my teachers trusted me enough."

Heather Kelly P'30, P'27, chair of the CSS Board of Trustees and parent of two students at CSS, touched on the hands-on learning that has been a hallmark of the school since its beginnings six decades ago.

"Through experiential education, CSS gives students the opportunity to push beyond their comfort zone and take on learning in a whole new way. Last week, I was on campus and middle school students were donning hard hats and headlamps crawling around in the Trianon crawl space, getting a first-hand account of what it is like to study civilizations that have come before us," she said. "Ask any parent or educator here, they have a story or several to share. CSS is truly living its mission of preparing students for a dynamic world."

Jill Richardi P'21, P'18, secretary of the Board of Trustees, read a proclamation from the city designating September 17, 2022, as the 60th Anniversary Celebration for The Colorado Springs School. Guests were treated to a student pianist performance by Meia A. '26. Thank you to everyone who helped make the evening special.