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The Pingry School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920
(908) 647-6419
School Information
"Over 150 years ago, Dr. John Francis Pingry founded a school with a broad vision and roots that extended well beyond academics. Beginning with a commitment to classical education, Dr. Pingry envisioned an institution that would not only foster intellectual vigor, but also instill in its students a sense of honor, strength of character, and a commitment to service both to the nation and the world" (Source: Pingry has over 1,100 students. The student to faculty ratio is 7 to 1.
General Information
In response to the anti-racism movement, Pingry has instituted numerous diversity and anti-racism programs. An anonymous Instagram account was created, calling for institutional changes for DEI. Pingry has responded to this by creating professional development programs for students and faculty on DEI. Pingry has appointed new officials to enact other DEI initiatives in the school. Pingry has instituted faculty and staff training, and the school plans to incorporate DEI into its curriculum. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Pingry plans to have "a more inclusive and multicultural curriculum."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Pingry plans to institute "faculty and staff training" for DEI.
  • On December 17, 2020, Pingry announced, 'In a time where performative action and reactionary solutions are rife, the Pingry Allyship Collective aims to transform the realizations and lessons from education and discussion-based DEI work into tangible changes in the student culture, curriculum, and extracurricular activities. We also intend to serve as a school-wide liaison between the various DEI groups that our members represent and the Pingry administration on diversity-related activities, discussions, and issues. PAC aims to transform the way that DEI work is perceived—we are not just a group that wants to have conversations, but deliver tangible change through methods that were not considered previously, such as mediums of art, literary research, and public resources."
  • As part of its DEI initiatives, Pingry offers affinity groups for Upper School students. On November 2, 2020, Pingry announced that it created affinity groups for its Middle School as well.
Symbolic Actions
  • Pingry offers numerous professional development programs on anti-racism for both students and faculty.
  • An article Pingry published states that, "an anonymous account known as Black at Pingry (@blackatpingry) was created. Modeled after similar accounts at other private preparatory schools (including Dalton, Lawrenceville, Exeter, Andover, Choate, and Newark Academy, among many others), this Instagram account provided an outlet for Black students to anonymously expose some of the discrimination and issues they’ve face. Within several days, the platform began highlighting instances of racism and unfairness towards other people of color, and has since expanded to include all minorities (religious and racial)."
  • On July 2, 2020, Pingry announced on Facebook that it has appointed a new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • On June 17, 2020, Pingry announced on Facebook, "Last week members of our community created the @blackatpingry Instagram account. The stories shared manifest the injury many of our students of color have experienced while in our care." The post goes on to say, "And it is not enough to be 'not racist.' We have to be anti-racist." This post was also featured on the school's Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • On June 2, 2020, Pingry participated in Blackout Tuesday on Facebook and released a statement saying, "We must do more than create a more inclusive school. We must demonstrate with our actions that we stand in solidarity with our black and brown students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We must reflect on our inherent and unspoken biases." This post was also featured on the school's Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • Pingry published an article discussing the protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
  • Pingry has detailed numerous events and statements made in conjunction with its commitment to anti-racism and DEI.
  • On June 9, 2021, Pingry announced that it has appointed an Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • On June 7, 2020, Pingry released an article discussing the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in conjunction with student protests.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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