Headmaster John Lewis smiling in a suit

Welcome to Gunston! One hundred and eight years ago, Samuel and Mary Middleton had a vision: to develop a school on the Corsica River that would provide students with a personalized and rigorous academic experience, a strong sense of community, and a focus on the balanced development of mind, body, and spirit. A century later, and now with a unique and innovative curricular emphasis on global and environmental leadership, these values still endure in our school.

Gunston draws students from six Maryland counties and Delaware, and with a generous financial aid budget, we attract some of the strongest students in the region. As a school, our emphasis on community is perhaps our greatest strength. Students learn quickly that, with small classes and a relentlessly personalized experience, the opportunities for intellectual inquiry, leadership, service, artistic expression and athletic accomplishment are inexhaustible. Students also develop significant technological fluency at Gunston, and they graduate well-prepared to use technology as a tool for learning, research, and expression. Guided by a committed, caring, knowledgeable, and talented faculty, each student is challenged to develop their unique intellectual “voice”, and we seek to bring out the best in every student.

Each day, TGS environment is characterized by a culture of high expectations, and we believe that learning to be a good person is as important as learning to be a good student. Our school’s values are embedded within the timeless values of family, courtesy, respect, and a reverence for the natural world. Thus, when we talk with our students about moral and ethical development, we don’t focus on rule-based language, but instead the language of values. Each year, our students recommit themselves to our “Responsibilities of the Community” and they respond by treating each other with an unusually high degree of respect, tolerance, and kindness. When our graduates enter the world beyond Gunston Road, we believe they are ready to succeed and thrive!

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus, and please take some time to tour our website in earnest.


John A. Lewis, IV


Board of Trustees


Mr. James D. Wright, Chair
Mr. Patrick Shoemaker '03, Vice Chair
Mr. Mark Freestate, Treasurer
Mrs. Mara Schmittinger P '15, Secretary

Mr. Greg Farley P '22
Mr. Robert Fordi P '18, 21
Mr. Kurt Gray P '18
Mrs. Elizabeth McCown P '11
Mrs. Jill Meyerhoff P '11, '13
Mrs. Pat Parkhurst '88, P '18 '21
Mrs. Karen Talbott P '20


Trustees Emeriti

Mr. James Clauson
Mr. Edward Curran
Mr. Harry (Stoney) J. Duffey, III '54
Mr. E. Mitchell Fry, Jr.
Mrs. Edith G. Grassi
Mrs. Penelope B. Hatten
Mrs. Alexandra Totten

Senior Administration

Emily Beck, Sustainability Coordinator & Bay Studies Program Director

Christie Grabis, Assistant Headmistress

David Henry, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

John Lewis, Headmaster

Jon Mellinger, Athletic Director & Director of Transportation

David Miller, Director of Global Programs

Tricia Mooney, Director of Communications & Special Events

Joanna Pierce, Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations

Rebecca Schmier, Business Manager

Kellee Webb, Director of College Guidance

Mark Wiening, Dean of Students

Letters from the Head

As I was thinking about what to say this morning about the special role that National Honor Society plays within our school, I am reminded about a workshop I attended--about a decade ago--on the “exciting” topic of: Academic Attitudes.  At the workshop, the presenter said something I will never forget. She said, “You should never. Never, never, never, never—tell a child or YOUR child that he or she is smart.”

Read More about National Honor Society: 2018 Remarks (excerpt)

Saturday night I was invited to attend the first annual Humanitarian Award Dinner at the B’Nai Israel congregation in Easton. The dinner honored two long-time community members, Fred and Lesley Israel, who have both been prominent, engaged, and generous members of the Eastern Shore community for decades.

Read More about Reflections

We continue to educate the young as if there is no planetary emergency going on.

-Dr. David Orr, “Earth in Mind”

The global scientific consensus on climate change is overwhelming. Last week, the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a special report on the impact of global warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F). The IPCC concludes that exceeding this level of global temperature rise—which will occur without major adjustments in “land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities”—will significantly impact our planet’s livability. In the near-term, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is considered, along with Louisiana and Florida, to be one of the three most imminently climate vulnerable areas in the United States...

Read More about October Community Letter

Letters from the Head—Archived