On his son's first day of school, a proud Pinewood alumnus and current parent remembers his own first day as a Panther
Knowledge • Character • Confidence • Joy • Community
Students, parents, and teachers say it all the time: Pinewood is a family. It’s an encouraging, supportive, safe community where students and teachers inspire the best in each other every day.
And it’s no wonder. Our founders—my grandparents—Gwen and Vic Riches, started the school in the family home here in 1959. The pine grove they planted still thrives on Middle Campus, and gives our school its name.
Today, members of the extended Riches family, along with Pinewood’s outstanding faculty and staff, carry on our founders’ vision. Our program carefully balances academics, training in public speaking and the arts, physical education, and the practice of timeless moral values. And we’ve seen generations of our students grow into confident, thoughtful, expressive young adults, fully prepared for college and life beyond.
As a parent, I know you have many questions as you seek the best school experience for your child. Will the academic program be challenging and motivating? Will there be opportunities for your child to discover talents, passions, and dreams for the future? And most important— will my child love going to school here every day?
We invite your family to explore Pinewood, and find out if it feels like home to you—a place for your child to flourish. Our Pinewood family looks forward to meeting yours.
President of Pinewood School