150 RCDS STORIES

Throughout the 2018-19 school year, we will post stories drawing from documents and images in the Rye Country Day School archives. Follow #150RCDSstories on Instagram or Facebook for regular updates.

Athletics at Rye Country Day

Athletics has been an integral component of an RCDS education since the start. Taken in the early to mid 1900s, these archival photos show RCDS athletes a century ago!

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“The Telephone”

In 1945, Headmaster Morton Snyder predicted the future stresses technology would add to our lives in this polemic to parents about the telephone

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Is someone on the roof?

The photo shown here is dated c. 1900 and doesn't have much information to go with it other than what you see. It raises a few questions...for example, is someone standing on the patio roof? What would Mr. Nelson say if he saw such a thing!?...

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Can you name this 1880’s sport?

The Rye Seminary playing fields were located approximately in the location of the RCDS Performing Arts Center parking lot. This photo is dated 1890. Can you name the sport?

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Evolution of Art at RCDS

This weekend, RCDS will officially open the brand new Cohen Center for the Creative Arts, launching a new era of innovation, creativity, and self-directed learning at RCDS. While "S.T.E.A.M." hasn't always been an educational concept, each of the disciplines the...

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Origins of “Not for Self, but for Service”

In May, 1922, two decades after her retirement, RCDS founder and first head of school, Susan J. Life, reflected on her early career. In this letter to Miss F. Grace Best, the head of the Lower School at what was then the Rye Country Day Schools, Mrs. Life...

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