For 100 years, The Branson School has prepared young people for lives of consequence. In 2020, we come together as a community to celebrate the successes of our first century and embark upon our second – led by our mission, values, and vision for Branson's future.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought some unexpected changes to our plans. Events have been modified, and our celebration has been extended into 2021. However, our community has shown resilience in the face of challenge. There still is much to celebrate.

We invite you to join us. Reconnect with Branson. Reminisce. Meet our amazing students and the faculty and staff who guide them through their Branson journey,. And, most importantly, enjoy!


Centennial Launch Day | February 12, 2020
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100 ACTS OF BRANSON | February 2020 - DECEMBER 2020
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What are the things that truly make Branson Branson? 100 Acts of Branson is a curated collection of 100 crowd-sourced images and vignettes that we're collecting throughout the year and posting on Instagram. They're points of pride, unique to our school and community. Branson’s mission and values in action. See our tagboard and follow us on Instagram.
 


Alumni Day of Giving | February 14, 2020
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[VIRTUAL] Centennial Speaker Series | Spring & FALL 2020

Branson's Centennial Speaker Series welcomes distinguished alumni back virtually (and, hopefully in the future, to campus)  to share their craft and demonstrate the ways in which their work reflects Branson's core values of Kindness, Courage, Honor, and Purpose. We invite the entire Branson community to join us for these free online presentations.

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APRIL 28, 2020
Julia Flynn Siler ‘78, author of The White Devil’s Daughters in conversation with Jeff Symonds, Director of Teaching and Learning

Julia Flynn Siler's new book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Against Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, was named an "Editor's Choice" by the New York Times Book Review. The book is a revelatory history of the trafficking of young Asian girls that flourished in San Francisco during the first hundred years of Chinese immigration (1848-1943). Julia and Jeff explored the writing process and the ways in which the historical events detailed in her book, as well as the powerful connections forged by humans helping humans, map directly to the world we live in today: a world shaped by COVID-19. Read about it or watch the video.


MAY 11, 2020
"FAITH OVER FEAR: SPIRITUALITY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC"
WITH DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA REV. SALLY GROVER BINGHAM '59,  DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS RABBI DR. BRADLEY ARTSON '77, AND MINISTER NATHALIO GRAY

Distinguished Alumna Rev. Sally Grover Bingham ‘59 and Distinguished Alumnus Rabbi Dr. Bradley Artson ‘77 joined in conversation with Nathalio Gray, Branson's Director of Admissions who also serves as a minister in West Oakland. Together they explored questions such as: How do we develop deeper connections and express love with one another during this time of extraordinary disruption and anxiety? How do we ensure that our lack of physical proximity does not impede our ability to care for those most vulnerable? How are we preparing for our own re-emergence after the pandemic? What can we learn from this experience with regard to climate change? Read about it or watch the video.


 
MAY 20, 2020
KATE COURTNEY '13, 2019 ELITE XCO WORLD CUP CHAMPION IN CONVERSATION WITH DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST JONNY mOSELEY '93

Kate Courtney '13 is a professional mountain bike racer for the Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team, the reigning UCI World Cup Overall Champion, the 2018 World Champion in women’s cross-country mountain biking, and a member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team. She was joined by Olympic Gold Medalist, TV personality, and Distinguished Alumnus Jonny Moseley '93. Together they discussed the personal lessons learned as she made peace—and found hope—in a pandemic-disrupted season. Kate and Jonny shared tips for building physical and mental strength during a time of social isolation, as well as stories of life in the world as elite athletes. Read about it or watch the video.


JUNE 11, 2020
"THE BRANSON SCHOOL: THE FIRST 100 YEARS AND BEYOND" 
WITH CHRIS MAZZOLA, HEAD OF SCHOOL, anD LORI DEIBEL, LIBRARIAN AND ARCHIVIST

We ended the spring series with a special presentation of "The Branson School: The First 100 Years," a timeline of our school's history, as narrated by Lori Deibel, the school's librarian and archivist. Head of School Chris Mazzola joined Lori to share what she loves most about Branson; how the school is leaning into its strategy, mission, and values; and her hopes for Branson's future. Read about it or watch the video.


 
FALL 2020, DATE TBA
MiKE Long ‘92
, editor of the documentary Q Ball, IN A Movie Screening AND PanEL

Experience Q Ball, the eye-opening, inspirational documentary about the San Quentin Prison basketball squad—teammates incarcerated at “the Q”— and their road toward rehabilitation and possible redemption. The panel discussion of the film will include the film's editor Mike Long ‘92 and Branson Head of School Chris Mazzola, joined by Antwan “Banks” Williams and Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie, both whom were formerly incarcerated at San Quentin. Join us for a riveting dialogue about engagement, restorative justice, and redemption as you hear first-hand from those who've been there.


Luke Mobley '16 with Branson Acting Students
Fall 2020, DATE TBA
David Edelman ‘03  on “Navigating the Next 100 Years of Technology

R. David Edelman '03 is an American policymaker and academic who currently directs the Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on issues of the digital economy and national security. 


CENTENNIAL VISITING ARTIST SERIES |  THROUGHOUT 2020
Luke Mobley '16 with Branson Acting Students

We’re pleased to welcome distinguished alumni artists and performers and guest artists back to Branson to share their talents with our students. Artists will be added to this list as they are announced.

Luke Mobley '16, Just Add Water, Yale University Improv. Ensemble (Coaching for TheaterSports, January 2020)

Stacey Printz '88, Artistic Director, Printz Dance Project (Choreographer for Body Talk, January 2020)

Kirsten Giroux, Curriculum Specialist & Teaching Artist, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Shakespeare coaching for Advanced Acting, May 2020)

David Kudler, Actor, Writer, Editor, and Performer (Shakespeare coaching for Advanced Acting, May 2020)


ALUMNI CENTENNIAL ART EXHIBIT |  POSTPONED TO FALL 2021
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See the work of Branson alumni artists in the New House Gallery during this month-long exhibition, which has been postponed to fall 2021. Meet the artists at a special reception. Dates and details will be announced when available.


 


CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND |  SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2021
Welcome Branson Alumni

Whether you were here in 1920 or 2020, we're all connected to Branson and to each other through our shared experiences. Come back to Branson for Centennial Weekend and reconnect with classmates, faculty, and our beautiful campus through our community-wide celebration, class-specific reunions for years ending in 0 and 5, and more. Additional details will be announced when available.
 


CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: 100 YEARS OF CONNECTIONS |  SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
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Come back to the beautiful Branson campus and toast our first 100 years. Please join us for an evening under the stars, with wonderful food, cocktails, and music at our Centennial Celebration, now on Saturday, September 25, 2021. We welcome ALL former students, current and former parents, trustees, faculty, and staff members  to come and re-connect, celebrate our shared history, and officially embark on our second century together. It promises to be a memorable evening! Additional details will be shared when available.

 


CENTENNIAL PLAY |  POSTPONED TO FALL 2021
Play Week

Honoring the early Branson tradition of Play Week, our Centennial Celebration will close with the world premiere of a brand new play – curated by Maura Vaughn, written by our talented Branson community members, and performed by Branson actors. Modeled on “The Dining Room,” this new work gives a fresh retelling of Branson history and unique Branson experiences. Past, present, and future intersect as history comes to life on stage. Join us in the journey of bringing this new work to life.

The Katharine Branson School (KBS) officially opened with 54 female students in September of 1920. Today, the Branson School (Branson) is a dynamic and diverse community of 320 students.

Please note: Many of our Centennial celebration activities planned for the fall of 2020 have been postponed to fall 2021. Check this page for the latest updates. 

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A new book commemorating Branson's 100-year history will be released in 2021.

 

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Branson’s Centennial logo celebrates the first 100 years of our history, with an homage to the traditional "woodcut" design of Mount Tamalpais.

 

Keep in touch

New event information, articles, and photos will be added to this page throughout the year, so check back often for updates.

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