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1990 to The Present

An After School program until 5:30 each day is started. The school begins a Students of Color lunch/affinity group. The school conducts a Multicultural Assessment Plan (M.A.P.).

The new Beginners Building & Lower School Commons is completed.

The concept of a Flex Week in April is approved by faculty as a permanent part of the curriculum.

The Alumni Board hosts a Faculty Festival in May. More than 500 people participate in the celebration honoring teachers who had taught at the school for 20 years or more: Ruth Abbott, Bill Bellows, Faith Chase, Di Droste, Mary Eliot, Madeline Gabron, Marjorie Gatchell, Jane Hakes, Jerry Hakes, Jane Hardy, Bob Lawler, Don Mapel, Ted Martin, Jack McKernan, Oddvar Nordal, Vera Nordal, Jean Seaver, Carol Segar, Joe Segar, David Smith, Adelaide Sproul, Agnes Swift, Susan Walsh, and Ed Yeomans. The event included a panel presentation about "The Challenges of the Times for Shady Hill School," class visits for former faculty and apprentices, alums, and parents, an Artsfest and Songfest, and a gala dinner.

The school becomes a two-division school, rather than a three-division school. Because of declining interest, the school no longer offers Latin as a language option.

The Board of Overseers and faculty participate in anti-racism training. The school creates the position of Diversity Coordinator.

Medieval Civilization becomes the Grade V central subject.

Jonathan Slater announces that he will leave at the end of the 1993-1994 school year. 
New Beginners Building
Faculty Festival Honorees
The Teacher Training Course is recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education as the first site-based, alternate route toward certification.  

Bruce Shaw becomes the school's fifth Director.

The woodshop is raised to protect it from repeated flooding.

Shady Hill celebrates its 80th birthday with a three-day celebration, including a panel presentation on progressive education, events for students, and a gala dinner. The governor of the Commonwealth declares May 12, 1995 "Shady Hill School Day"; Kenneth Reeves, the mayor of Cambridge, issued a proclamation the same day commending the school for "80 years of leadership .  .  . in education."

The school installs a system of hydraulic pipes and finally solves the flooding problem on campus.

After much deliberation and fluctuating ninth grade enrollments for several years, the school decides to no longer offer Grade IX; in June there are two graduating classes, the ninth grade and the eighth grade.

The school renovates or constructs all new classrooms for Grades VI, VII, and VIII.

Grade VI expands to four classes.

Grade VII expands to four classes. Shady Hill's library is renovated for the first time since 1974. Enrollment is at 503 students.

Dennis Bisgaard is appointed to be the school's newest Assistant Director.

Grade VIII expands to four classes.

Shady Hill's renovated library is awarded one of seven American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building awards.

Ancient China becomes the Grade V central subject in the fall of 2004. Led by Associate Director Dennis Bisgaard, Middle School Head Sharon Jones Phinney, and Director of Studies Jack McKernan, the Grade V gradeheads create the curriculum in conjunction with specialists in music, art, mathematics, library, technology and science. 

Shady Hill celebrates its 90th birthday with a special recognition for longtime faculty members, a gala dinner, and more.

Lower School head Amy Purcell Vorenberg is appointed Head of School at the Philadelphia School and leaves at the end of the school year. Amy Belastock is appointed to be the new Lower School head.
In April, Bruce Shaw announces that Assistant Director Dennis Bisgaard has been appointed head of school at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford. Allison Webster is made Interim Director of Studies.

The school kicks off the Blueprints for Learning capital campaign.

On November 5, Shady Hill holds a "Green Day" including interactive activities centered upon respecting and helping the earth: planting bulbs in the Kindergarten and at the Riverbend Park playground in Cambridge; raking leaves; breaking ground for a new Lower School playground garden plot; writing songs and sketches about recycling and preventing global warming and more. That evening parents attend a meeting to hear about the school’s plans for environmental sustainability.

A new pedestrian bridge to the campus opens in time for the start of school.

Together with parent volunteer coordinators, the school organizes the Greenways bus service that brings students from five communities to and from school each day.

The school begins construction of a new field house and parking garage; and arts, music, and woodshop facilities. The buildings are supported by the Blueprints for Learning capital campaign.

Bruce Shaw announces that he will retire at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

The new art studio, music, and woodshop buildings open.

The school creates a new green-space nature area adjacent to the lower school playground.

The new gym opens and Grade VIII students get a surprise tour of the facility in January. 

TTC Class of '94