Cate School Celebrates 100 Years On 10.10.10

Oct 06, 2010, 10:46 ET from Cate School

Recognizing $65 million campaign, green buildings, diversity, achievement

CARPINTERIA, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cate School, one of the oldest 9-12 boarding schools in the West, will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary in a four-day event, October 7-10, 2010. Distinguished alumni, teachers, and special guests (including keynote speaker Ann Curry, and alumnus Garrett Lisi) will attend. Weekend events include new building dedications, master classes, special interest panels and roundtables featuring notable alumni and parents.

The event is an opportunity to reflect on 100 years of history and to celebrate Cate's future. Close to attaining the Centennial Campaign goal of $65 million dedicated to building endowment and developing a sustainable site, there is much to celebrate. Campaign milestones have been: two gifts totaling $5.9 million, 11 gifts of $1 million or more, and 11 gifts of $500,000 or more, and the first ever leadership gifts from female graduates.

With seven LEED buildings on campus, more than any other school its size, including one of the first schools to build a "green" aquatic center, Cate is an industry leader in its stewardship to the environment. Students and teachers are also invested in the cause. The campus features a tertiary water treatment plan, bioswales, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Cate's endowment directly supports students and faculty. It is one of the most selective (20% acceptance), and the most diverse boarding schools of its size (265 students) in the country (41% students of color); 30% of its students receive a combined $2.5 million in financial aid.

Cate's seventh headmaster, Benjamin D. Williams IV, says: "This school was a crucible into which our founder poured equal measures of the classic scholarship of his birthplace, the weathered, hearty toil of the man who works the land, and the enterprising spirit and commitment of those who pushed the frontier ever westward. We are about the many who labor in search of the kind of eternal meaning that only a rich and full education can evoke."

About Cate

Founded in 1910, Cate School is a grade 9-12, coeducational, college preparatory boarding school in Carpinteria, California. 265-student (boarding and day) and 65-teachers make up the community. 74% of faculty hold advanced degrees; 18% have PhDs. The Cate experience combines academics, athletics, art and co-curricular activities in a close-knit, community setting.

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