More than 1,000 alumni, teachers, families and students filled the campus on Aug. 18, 2018 for a special 50th anniversary celebration for Corbett Prep/Independent Day School.
Guests enjoyed browsing photos, yearbooks and other memorabilia in the Farish Center. A special program followed in Gatlin Hall that honored long-time teachers Gery Morey, Kathy Folen and Debi Brockmeyer, retired teacher Judy Sobel, board member Bette Maniscalco and retiring Associate Headmaster Pam Ripple.
For 50 years, Corbett Prep has lived its founders' dream to create an educational environment of unlimited possibilities that would cultivate the gifts and talents of every student.
Founders Marilyn Gatlin and Betty Anderson embraced a philosophy that happy students – respected as individuals and allowed to fulfill their needs to "play, investigate and be themselves" – were more open to learning than students who felt unhappy, tense and fearful at school.
Though much has changed since Independent Day School opened in 1968, Gatlin and Anderson's values stand strong today. "Research has proven Marilyn Gatlin and Betty Anderson to be great visionaries," says Corbett Prep Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman.
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