We invite you to join us on Prep for Prep's journey and look back at milestones accomplished in over four decades of the organization's history! Many trailblazing students, alumni, faculty, staff, and board members made this journey possible for the over 5,000 members of today's Prep for Prep Community. Thank you for your courage and commitment.
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Teachers College Columbia University sponsors Prep for Prep as a pilot project. Headmaster Robin Lester offers the use of Trinity School’s facilities. Prep's founder Gary Simons launches the Talent Search for Contingent I in the South Bronx and Harlem.
First Summer Session begins with 25 students and 3 teachers.
Enrollment of Prep for Prep students at independent schools reaches 100.
The Summer Advisory System is reorganized as an all Prep student and alumni corps, with Frankie Cruz of Contingent I as Head. Prep celebrates its first contingent to graduate from independent schools.
The first annual fundraiser, the Iris Ball (subsequently named Lilac Ball), honors Samuel Peabody.
Prep for Prep and seven boarding schools form PREP FOR PREP 9 Consortium: Andover, Choate, Deerfield, Exeter, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, and St. Andrew’s
Prep's Summer Jobs Bank places 27 juniors and seniors in its first year. John L. Vogelstein is honored at the Lilac Ball, and raises more than $825,000 for Prep. He is elected President of Prep's Board of Trustees.
“Getting Children To The Starting Gate” Conference launches Students Advocating for Young Children (SAYC).
Prep celebrates its first high school graduating class to exceed 100 students and its first PREP 9 Contingent to graduate from boarding schools. The Special Gifts Campaign is launched to raise $1.5 million in gifts committed over three years; direct financial support of Prep by its Board of Trustees doubles in a year, exceeding $1 million annually.
Louis Bonilla (II) is elected the first Chairman of the Prep for Prep Alumni Association.
Prep purchases a double brownstone on West 71st street to accommodate growing program needs. The 91st Street brownstone will remain home to Admissions and Preparatory Component, while other programming and administrative functions will move to the new location after renovations are completed.
71% of Prep's college graduates participate in the first Annual Alumni Giving Campaign, raising over $11,000.
Frankie Cruz (I) becomes the first alumnus elected to Prep for Prep’s Board of Trustees.
The Lilac Ball honoring Trustee Leon Black nets a record $2.9 million. 10 undergraduates are awarded the first Picower Summer Internships for the Exploration of Career Fields.
Bo Tan (VI) obtains a $10,000 grant from Alliance Capital, becoming the first alumna to secure a corporate grant for the program.
Trustee Enrique Foster Gittes makes a gift of stock that subsequently sells for over $3.1 million, the largest single gift Prep has received to date. The Executive Committee of Prep's Board launches the 20th Anniversary Challenge with the goal of obtaining five-year commitments from Trustees that would total $3 million of annual support for the program - a goal achieved by Spring 1998.
With the high school graduation of the Class of 1998 and the admission of Contingent XXI, the Prep for Prep Student & Alumni/ae Community grows to more than 2,000 individuals.
Be The Dream, a collection of essays by Prep alumni/ae compiled by Prep's founder Gary Simons, is published pro bono by Workman Publishing.
Dan-el Padilla Peralta (XVIII) wins Princeton University’s Freshman First Honor Prize. This prize is awarded annually to one Princeton student (out of a class of over 1,100 students) in recognition of exceptional achievement during freshman year.
The Lilac Ball, honoring Trustee Daniel S. Loeb, nets a record $4 million.
Steve M. Del Villar (P9 II) becomes the first PREP 9 alum to be elected as a Trustee to Prep’s Board.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares Saturday, November 28, 2008 “Prep for Prep Day” in New York City to honor the program’s 30th Anniversary.
Diahann Billings-Burford (VI) is appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as New York City’s first Chief Service Officer. The position is the first of its kind in the nation. Nicole Campbell (P9 V) is named a White House Fellow, Prep for Prep’s first. She is one of 15 Fellows to serve in the Obama Administration.
Kimberley Knowles (IV) becomes the first Prep alum judge when she is sworn in as a Magistrate Judge in Washington, D.C. Two years later, United States President Barack Obama nominates her to serve as a judge on the D.C. Superior Court. Her appointment is approved by the U.S. Senate.
Nia Froome (XXVII) wins the $10,000 Grand Prize at the 2010 NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City for her business, Mamma Nia’s Vegan Bakery. Nia donates a portion of her prize money to Prep.
After 28 years at the helm of Prep’s Board of Trustees as either President or Chairman, John Vogelstein announces that he is making way for the next generation of Board leadership. On July 1 he joins Martin Lipton as Chairman Emeritus of the Prep Board. Scott Bok becomes Chairman and Lisa Smith Cashin takes on the role of President.
Kevin Su (XXVIII) becomes the first Prep student named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Natalie Hutchinson (XIV), a member of Prep's Associates Council, becomes the first Prep alum elected to the Board as an Individual Trustee.
As called for in its 2015 strategic plan, Prep increases its STEM offerings by partnering with tech leaders to provide students more and earlier opportunities, including programming with Bloomberg Start Up, Google Code Next, and Upperline Code; and career seminars by the likes of Dropbox, Oxeon, and STV Engineering. 26% of Prep's summer internships now have a STEM focus.
Prep for Prep hosts its 40th Anniversary Alumni Summit at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NYC. Panels are live-streamed on YouTube for guests outside of New York. The number of Prep college graduates surpasses 3,000.