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W&L Alumnus Named Head of Peddie School

Peter Quinn, a 1978 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named the next headmaster of Peddie School in Hightstown, N.Y.

Peter will assume his duties on July 1, 2013, when the current head of school, John Green, retires after 12 years.

Peter has had a successful 16-year tenure as the headmaster of Wakefield School, a preschool through 12th grade college preparatory school in The Plains, Va. He started his teaching career at Wakefield after his graduation from W&L, left to go to Peddie School where he was a teacher, coach and director of admissions, and then returned to Wakefield in 1996 when the school opened its campus in The Plains. Since then, Wakefield has increased from 245 to 400 students and graduated its largest class in 2012.

In an announcement on the Wakefield website, Peter was quoted as saying: “Peddie is one of three schools I have lived in and loved over my career, and it would be a new and very different opportunity from Wakefield. One does not control the timing of these opportunities, and I was not planning on leaving Wakefield until retirement. Life is what happens when you are making other plans, as they say.”

Peter was the director of admission and financial aid at Peddie when the school received the $100 million gift from Walter H. Annenberg, a member of the Peddie School class of 1927. The gift helped create the Annenberg scholarship program and applications to the school tripled. Peter was credited with being a “voice of integrity” during that period.

An English major at W&L, Peter received an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia.

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