Coeducation at Berkshire

In the fall of 1969, nine female students were pioneers in what then-Headmaster John Godman called the “Berkshire experiment.” This year, Berkshire celebrates the 50th anniversary of coeducation under the Mountain by honoring the contributions and achievements that young women made, and continue to make, in our commitment to academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. While acknowledging the past, we also look to the future to illuminate ways the School will approach and embrace its next 50 years of coeducation.

FALL 2020

In honor of Berkshire School co-founder Anne Allen Buck's many contributions, and looking forward to the future, the School will host a women’s leadership summit, bringing together alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students, to take part in speakers, discussion sessions, workshops and informal networking opportunities for students. 

Female Firsts

Anne Allen Buck, who founded Berkshire School with her husband, Seaver Buck, laid the groundwork for strong female leadership in many ways, not least of all was her active membership on the School’s Board of Trustees from 1919–1945. Mrs. Buck and these, her fellow pioneers, paved the way for the future successes of so many who would follow in their footsteps.

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The Sky's The Limit

This fall marks 50 years of coeducation at Berkshire, and since then, alumnae have gone on to push the envelope, push for equality, and push themselves to achieve big goals—even as the glass ceiling, chipped as it is, still looms overhead. Below you can read about some of our graduates who are ascending and excelling in their fields.

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