Join the Celebration

The 2018-2019 school year marks a special milestone in the history of Rye Country Day School – the 150th anniversary of the School’s founding in 1869. In the coming months, there will be many events to celebrate and recognize the School’s achievements over the past 150 years. Wildcats everywhere are invited to join the sesquicentennial celebration.

Sesquicentennial Events

Sunday, September 16, 2018


12 p.m. – 3 p.m.


RCDS Main Entrance - Khoury Courtyard


Current Students, Parents, Alumni, and Faculty/Staff


RCDS Block Party

An all-school gathering to kick off the 150th festivities and celebrate the opening of the new Cohen Center for the Creative Arts. There will be food trucks, children’s activities, and interactive tours of the Cohen Center. (Rain date will be Sunday, September 23).

Tuesday, September 18, 2018




Khoury Courtyard


Students & Faculty/Staff


150th Opening Ceremonies & Spirit Day

The official start of each school year is celebrated at Opening Ceremonies, when students, faculty and staff wear blue and gold and gather in the Khoury Courtyard to hear words of welcome from Mr. Nelson and from the Student Body President. This year will also include an address from RCDS alumnus Dennis Parker ‘73, who will kick-off a year-long alumni speaker series. Students will spend time in multi-grade groups to participate in a community-building exercise centered on the 2018-19 theme of empathy.

The year-long speaker series will bring several RCDS alumni to campus to speak to students. Some alumni will return as experts in subject matter and speak in smaller classroom settings. Others will speak at larger gatherings on ways in which the School’s values have influenced their lives.

Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13


Friday evening and all day Saturday


Rye Country Day School


All Alumni, Students, Parents, Faculty/Staff, and Friends


Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner & Wildcat Weekend

Rye Country Day will celebrate its heritage by honoring several accomplished alumni and all former faculty and staff at various events scheduled over these two days. The weekend will be capped off by an ALL ALUMNI 150th Anniversary Cocktail Reception. For more information or to register visit

Wednesday, October 17 & Thursday, October 18






All Alumni, Current families, Parents of Alumni, Grandparents, Faculty/Staff, and Friends


150th Annual Giving Challenge

In celebration of Rye Country Day School’s 150th anniversary, our goal is to raise $1.5M in gifts in TWO DAYS from our entire community of Alumni, Current Families, Parents of Alumni, Grandparents, Faculty, Staff and Friends to support the Annual Fund. If we succeed, a generous member of the RCDS community will donate $150,000 to the School. For more information and to participate, visit

Saturday, April 13, 2019




Rye Country Day School


Parents, Alumni, Current and Former Faculty/Staff


Blue & Gold Ball: 150th Anniversary Gala

A celebration and fundraiser organized by the Parents Association and honoring the storied history of RCDS, the Ball will feature dinner and dancing and will be a special opportunity for the RCDS community to mark the School’s 150th year. Learn more here.