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  • Honoring the Peck School in Morristown

    by Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

    Posted on 2013-02-05

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    FRELINGHUYSEN of new jersey in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor The Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey, which is celebrating its 120th Anniversary in 2013.

    Originally created as a school for women, Peck School was opened on Franklin Street under the name Miss Sutphen's School for Young Ladies in 1893. After nearly 23 years, the school had become one of the most prestigious in Morris County with over 100 students and 9 teachers. However, in 1917, the school was purchased by Lorraine T. Peck and the name was changed to the Peck School in 1918. In 1920 the school was relocated to Elm Street where it would stay for another quarter of a century. By 1946 the school had assumed its current colors of white and blue and in 1948 moved into where it currently resides, on South Street in the Lindenwold Mansion and adjacent property.

    Over the next decade, The Peck School saw rapid expansion and improvement. In 1950 the Mother's Association was created opening up the door to more programs including parent-teacher conferences, Parents Visiting Day, the Student Council, and the Alumni Association. Due to enrollment exceeding 200 students for the first time, the school constructed a new gymnasium/auditorium in order to accommodate the influx of young men and women. Moreover, in 1959 the school was split into two divisions. The first division would include Kindergarten to 4th graders and the second division would include 5th to 8th graders.

    As the times changed, Peck School did the same by constantly adapting to the needs of its students, faculty, and parents. With the dawn of technology in the 1980s, Peck was able to add computers to the school, creating new facilities for technological related studies. These facilities included the addition of the ``Bridge'' and ``Fine Arts'' wings in 1984. These new sections of the school offered comprehensive group studies on computers, woodworking, and foreign languages. Additionally, the Mother's Association was renamed the Parents' Association to mirror the increased paternal involvement in student academic activities.

    After celebrating its 100th Anniversary with the opening of the Deetjen Kindergarten Building in 1993, the school decided to embark on even further expansion. These ground-breaking improvements consisted of the Caspersen-Tomlinson Upper School in 1995 and the F.M. Kirby Lower School on 1998. With new space and resources, Peck integrated an All- School Technology Plan, establishing the school as a quintessential model for computer-based curriculum at the elementary and middle school levels. Finally, in 2006, Peck opened the massive 35,000 square foot Eckert Huff Building complimented by the new 32,000 square feet Athletic Center in 2007.

    Today, over 330 students attend the Peck School and study a diverse set of curriculums comprising of communication arts, drama, English, library studies, math, music, physical education, reading, science, history, technology, family life, visual arts, woodworking, and foreign languages. The school also contains an Individual Development and Community Responsibility Program designed to teach character development and life skills. Additionally, Peck houses one of the most competitive private-school 5th to 8th grade athletic programs in Northern New Jersey.

    In its 120 years, Peck School has grown from an organization of 6 children to a nationally recognized institution focused on the development of young minds into successful adolescents.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask you and your colleagues to join me in congratulating The Peck School as it celebrates its 120th Anniversary.


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