Centennial Weekend was an unforgettable gathering of Tower Hill students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, trustees and friends on Sept. 20-21, 2019. Thank you to everyone who joined in the festivities to celebrate our extraordinary school community together.

Signature Events

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  • Centennial Gala

    This festive, fun celebration for the entire Tower Hill community capped off Centennial Weekend with sparkle. Parents, alumni, faculty, staff, parents of alumni, trustees and friends celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 6-11 p.m. with a once-in-a-lifetime THS gathering that included cocktails, dinner, live music by New York City-based Around Town, dancing and fireworks. 

  • Convocation

    Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m., Centennial Tent
    Head of School Bessie Speers, students, faculty, dignitaries and honored guests marked the moment when Tower Hill officially turned 100 years old! The pomp and circumstance of an academic procession, student music and Tower Hill memories throughout the decades united Hillers of today and yesterday.

    Founders’ Achievement Awards were presented to Pete Hayward '66, Michelle Shepherd and Cecile Buckles (posthumously). The Timothy B. Golding Endowed Faculty Chair in English was presented to Coleen Hubler, and Michelle Coulter received the William L. Kitchel II Faculty Chair. A highlight was Irenee du Pont, Jr. '38 sharing memories of his experiences during Tower Hill's early years. Watch the entire Convocation via the video below, which the Communications Office broadcasted through Facebook Live.

Centennial Committee

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  • Thank You

    Mary Hobbs Taylor '09 served as the Centennial Chair, assisted by Faculty Co-Chairs Marina Attix, Wiz Applegate '79 and Jack Smith. Contact Centennial Coordinator Julie Goldston (jgoldston@towerhill.org) with general questions about the Centennial Celebration. The full list of committee members can be found below.
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Centennial Sponsors

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  • We Appreciate Your Support!


    Wilcox Landscaping
    CulinArt Catering Collection

    Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.

    Eisner Amper LLP
    ModernControls Inc.

    Delaware Today
    Fairfax Discount Liquors
    Hagley Museum and Library
    Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

    Breakwater Accounting and Advisory Corp.
    Chester County Life
    First Choice Cleaning Services
    TD Bank, N.A.

    Hy-Point Dairy Farms
    Lyons Companies
    McClafferty Printing
    Rockland Bakery
    Sobieski Life Safety, LLC

Artists and Authors Show

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  • Media Coverage

    Alumnus and Board Vice Chair Ben du Pont '82 and his son, Ben du Pont '20, along with Director of Alumni Relations Matt Twyman and Head of School Bessie Speers were interviewed about starting a family legacy at Tower Hill.

    Larry Nagengast previews Tower Hill's Centennial Weekend and explores the history, impact and common misperceptions about the school — as well as curricular innovations taking place today.

    Irenee "Brip" du Pont, class of 1938, shares memories with reporter Mark Fowser, who also interviewed Centennial Co-Chair Wiz Applegate '79, Head of School Bessie Speers and Student Body President Thomas Zehner '20.

    An interview with Head of School Bessie Speers about Tower Hill's past, present and future at this milestone 100th Anniversary for the school.

  • Media Contact

    Tower Hill has archival photos, historical highlights, a list of events and notable alumni and more in our Centennial Media Kit. Contact Director of Communications and Marketing Teresa Messmore at 302-575-0550, ext. 248 or tmessmore@towerhill.org for more information and to schedule interviews.

Centennial Publications

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  • Bulletin Magazine

    The fall issue of the Tower Hill Bulletin magazine features a flip cover with the Centennial theme "Looking Forward / Looking Back."
  • Teaching Today at Tower Hill School

    In honor of Tower Hill's Centennial, "Teaching Today at Tower Hill School" was launched to celebrate faculty. Essays written by 22 faculty members cover every division of the school on a variety of topics, from teaching integrity in the classroom to college placement.
  • 100 Years of Teaching Excellence at Tower Hill School

    School archivist Ellis Wasson, Ph.D. and former Headmaster Harry N. Baetjer III co-edited and wrote "100 Years of Teaching Excellence at Tower Hill School" in honor of Tower Hill's Centennial. A representative sampling of Tower Hill's wonderful teachers through a century documents the high quality of the school's teaching faculty. The book is dedicated in memory of Ernie Savage by the Casscells Family.

Coming Soon

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  • Athletic Hall of Fame

    In honor of Centennial, Tower Hill is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame to honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the quality and traditions of our athletic program. The Hall of Fame will be launched in 2020, and members of the Tower Hill community are invited to nominate athletes.
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  • 100 Voices of Tower Hill

    Tower Hill School is collecting short videos of Tower Hill alumni sharing their favorite THS memories. Send your own one-minute video to awolf@towerhill.org.


Click on the photos below for albums by event. Click through to the Flickr album to download individual photos, or visit our Tower Hill Flickr page.

Centennial Convocation

Centennial Convocation


Centennial Gala

Alumni Awards and Panel

Alumni Awards and Panel

All School Barbecue

Centennial Barbecue Lunch

Reunion Luncheon and Dinners

Reunion Dinners and Luncheon

Artists and Authors Show

Artists and Authors Show

Forever Green and White Reception

Forever Green and White Reception

Founders' Day 2019

Founders' Day 2019