Gunston Crew to Christen Racing Shells this Spring

imgresGunston Crew to Christen Racing Shells this Spring 

The Gunston Rowing program will celebrate its former headmasters, Jeffrey Woodworth and Peter Sturtevant, when it christens two new Varsity 4’s named in their honor on Saturday, May 3 at 11am at the Gunston Waterfront.

Alumni, parents, and friends of Gunston Crew are invited to attend. The christening will follow an inter-squad race that is scheduled to go off at 9:30am.

“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the expansion of Gunston’s fleet,” said head coach Nicole Stimpson. “It is a very exciting time for this program as we continue to grow.”

The first decade of the 21st century saw the school continue to grow in enrollment and reputation under the leadership of Mr. Jeffrey Woodworth. Woodworth oversaw the renovation of the Middleton House, the original school building used by Sam and Mary Middleton, which had fallen into disuse and disrepair. Its refurbishment and remodeling was completed in 2007 and the building once again takes a central place in the school as the Admissions and Administration building. Woodworth also guided the school through an extended period of financial stability, added the rowing program, and began Gunston’s international student recruitment effort that brings talented students from Europe and Asia to study on Gunston’s campus. Woodworth passed away tragically and suddenly in 2009.

In 1991, with Peter “Stick” Sturtevant, Jr. serving as Headmaster, Gunston’s era as an all-girls boarding school came to a close. In response to a nationwide decline in single-sex education and the growing population on the Eastern Shore, Gunston was reincorporated as a co-educational day school.  Since its transition to a day school, enrollment has boomed, and the school now draws students from six Maryland counties and Delaware. During Sturtevant’s time at Gunston, the school began its renowned Bay Studies program devoted to experiential learning within the Chesapeake Bay region.