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125th Anniversary

Calhoun's 125th Anniversary

Honoring our past. Open to our future.

Since its founding in 1896 by educator Laura Jacobi, The Calhoun School has sought to excite and inspire its students, foster a close-knit community, and shape the next generation of changemakers and leaders. 

Calhoun has evolved over the past 125 years, but our commitment to student empowerment, community engagement and a forward-looking education has been ongoing.Our 125th anniversary year is a time to honor our rich history and come together as a community. Calhoun is the school it is today because of the students, educators and families who have shaped it. As we reflect on where we’ve been, we are open to the future that we will build together. 

125th Anniversary Events

We hope you'll join us for a number of special events in celebration of Calhoun's 125th anniversary. 

Benefit 2022: Celebrating 125 Years

Monday, May 9, 2022
The Benefit brings the community together to raise vital funds in support of Calhoun, and this year's event will be held at Tavern on the Green!

58th Calhoun Carnival: Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, May 14, 2022 (*new date)
The annual Calhoun Carnival will be a block party celebration of Calhoun's 125th anniversary. Join us for this festive family gathering!

All-Class Alumni Reunion

Friday, June 3, 2022
All classes are invited to Reunion 2022, with milestone recognition of class years ending in 2 and 7, along with class years ending in 0 and 5 who could not gather in person in 2020.

Anniversary Egg Drop & Community Birthday Party

Monday, June 13, 2022
This year's Egg Drop, one of our longest traditions, will be a Calhoun birthday party featuring an all-school photo, birthday cake and sing-a-long.

We want to hear about your time at Calhoun. Share your story with us, and we may use it as part of our anniversary celebrations.

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Explore Our History


Calhoun was founded by educator Laura Jacobi in 1896. The genesis of the Jacobi School (renamed in 1924 for Jacobi's successor Mary Calhoun) came in part from families who were excluded from many traditional school alternatives and yet still wanted a strong academic foundation for their daughters. 


The name of the school was changed to The Calhoun School in honor of Mary Edwards Calhoun, Headmistress until 1942.


After World War II, Elizabeth Parmelee and Beatrice Cosmey became Co-Headmistresses of Calhoun.


In 1963, the first Spring Fair (now called the Calhoun Carnival) was sponsored by the Parents Association.


The Middle and Upper Schools became co-educational in 1971.


In the early 1970s, Calhoun broke ground on a new school building at the current 81st Street site. 


The last all-girls class graduated from Calhoun in 1975.


The opening of the Robert L. Beir Lower School building on West 74th Street for preschool through first grade met expanding enrollment needs.


Calhoun celebrated its Centennial in the 1996/1997 academic year.


In 1999, Calhoun announced a major building campaign to expand the 81st Street site.


Calhoun underwent a renovation in 2014 that expanded the footprint of the first floor to accommodate the new Calhoun Commons–a multipurpose space for lunch/food service as well as community gatherings and events.