GREENWICH, CT, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Greenwich Country Day School (GCDS) today announced that GCDS alumni Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss (Class of 1997) have made a donation of $10 million, the largest philanthropic alumni donation in the history of the school. The gift is also the largest philanthropic donation made by the Winklevoss brothers—internet entrepreneurs and Olympic athletes—to date, with each donating $5 million. The gift is in honor of their beloved sister, Amanda Winklevoss (GCDS Class of 1994), and her passion for the performing arts. The donation will support GCDS FIRST: The Campaign for Tradition and Innovation, contributing to the next phase of the new GCDS Upper School (Grades 9-12) building project, among other organizational investments. A Groundbreaking Ceremony for the building project will take place on Friday, October 18 during the GCDS Homecoming football game’s half-time ceremony at the 257 Stanwich Road campus.
GCDS Headmaster Adam Rohdie said, “We are so thankful to Cameron and Tyler for their generous donation to GCDS. They have maintained a close relationship with the school over the years. In 2009, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss returned to the Country Day campus to speak about their 2008 Olympic experience in Beijing, China, inspiring our students with their hard work, perseverance, and profound accomplishments. As keynote speakers for the Class of 2015 commencement ceremony, Tyler shared stories of perseverance in the start-up technology world and Cameron encouraged students to take command of their own lives and to use their time wisely. This gift highlights their belief that a great education is the bedrock for success and we have been proud to follow all of their successes over the years. This gift will allow Country Day to achieve some very ambitious goals and for that we will be forever grateful to Cameron and Tyler."
Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss noted, “our years at GCDS were transformative and ones we attribute most to the people we are today.” They are making this donation in support of the school’s vision for preparing students to learn, lead, and thrive in a world of rapid change. To both honor their sister, Amanda Winklevoss, and help build the future of GCDS, the GCDS Upper School performance facility will be named the ‘Amanda Gesine Winklevoss Performing Arts Center.’
The Winklevoss brothers are excited about the integration of technology and entrepreneurship at the new high school in particular, believing that “today, and especially tomorrow, computers and technology will be everything. A person’s ability to creatively interact with machines in the future will be critical to their ability to navigate the world. The new high school will be positioned to prepare students for this future better than any other school in the world. The fact that it is being built de novo is a huge advantage — technology will be embedded in GCDS’s DNA from the very beginning.”
GCDS Upper School (Grades 9-12)
In November of 2017, Greenwich Country Day School (GCDS) announced an agreement to acquire Stanwich School and add Grades 10-12 to become the only co-educational, independent Nursery-Grade 12 school in Greenwich, CT. After a period of transition and reconstruction, the new GCDS Upper School opened at the Stanwich Road campus in September 2019. True to the history and values of GCDS, the new Upper School puts curiosity, creativity, and the well-being of every student front and center. At GCDS, students are the authors of their own stories, based on their individual interests and choices. The GCDS faculty and staff help students build the resources, knowledge, and inspiration to map out and realize these unique stories. www.gcds.net/learning/upper-school
GCDS FIRST: The Campaign for Tradition and Innovation
Greenwich Country Day School has thrived for nearly a century by deeply valuing and dynamically integrating enduring traditions and exciting innovations. GCDS FIRST: The Campaign for Tradition and Innovation will invest in the next phase of the new GCDS Upper School (Grades 9-12) building project, expand arts and athletics, support The Center for Public Good, and augment the endowment. The Upper School building project includes 22 additional classrooms and science labs, three seminar rooms, four team study rooms, a Learning Center, and a Writing Center, as well as an arts wing, a performing arts center, and athletic facilities.
The investment in the Upper School will give students the space, encouragement, and tools to set and achieve goals in ways aligned with how GCDS has re-imagined high school. Students will think critically and creatively across subject matter; pose and pursue meaningful questions; solve complex problems; work collaboratively to create high-quality work; and communicate with intent, clarity and insight. www.gcdsfirst.org
Greenwich Country Day School is a co-ed, independent Nursery-Grade 12 college preparatory day school in Greenwich, CT, that graduates ethical, confident learners and leaders with a strong sense of purpose--ready to embrace opportunities and challenges in a world of rapid change. The purposeful mission of academic excellence and character development is as relevant today as it was at the school’s founding in 1926. GCDS’s curriculum builds a solid background in the sciences and humanities while challenging students to develop critical knowledge and skills through inquiry, exploration, interdisciplinary studies, and real-world applications. The school’s pedagogy and curricula seek to bring forward multiple perspectives, disciplines, and voices as a means to deepen learning and develop empathy. Important lessons are learned not only in the classroom, but also on the playing fields, in the art room, on stage, and through extracurricular activities. An extensive community service program and numerous leadership opportunities teach students to turn their initiative and generosity into meaningful action. GCDS is a joyful learning environment where curiosity and creativity are valued, resilience is cultivated, and the health and well-being of every student is essential. GCDS graduates are known as exceptionally well-prepared for success in higher education—and in life. www.gcds.net
About Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss graduated from Harvard University with degrees in Economics in 2004 and earned their MBAs from Oxford University in 2010. Together, they represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, placing 6th in the Men’s Pair event. Cameron and Tyler have been angel investors and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies since 2003. They began investing in bitcoin in 2012 and launched Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian in 2015, to help build the future of money.
Pictured from left: Greenwich Country Day School (GCDS) Headmaster Adam Rohdie, Tyler Winklevoss, Cameron Winklevoss, incoming GCDS Board of Trustees President Vicki Craver, and current GCDS Board of Trustees President and Capital Campaign Chair Dan Offit.