Thank you for supporting the second annual GSB Founders' Day, a day to give back, pay it forward, and show your GSB Pride!

Why is Founders' Day Important?

Founders’ Day is a celebration of our community and our storied history, promoting a deep sense of pride. It is a day to celebrate who we are as a school and all that we find here at Gill.

Rev. Conover and Miss Gill believed in the value of the individual, a rich school experience, and preparing every student for a meaningful life beyond the classroom. Their legacy lives on through each member of our community.

500 Gifts. 24 Hours.

Everyone is a Founder! This year our goal is to receive 500 gifts, and with your help, we can do it! Any gift in any amount is meaningful and will make a positive impact on our community. All gifts received through Founders’ Day support the GSB Fund.

I Am A Founder

Being a Founder is more than just a title. Being a Founder means giving back. It means paying it forward. It means creating true impact. Thank you for supporting the GSB Fund.

About Our Founders

Rev. Thomas A. Conover

What a wonderful country this is for the dream of my life.

On June 2, 1900, Reverend Thomas A. Conover realized his vision of starting a school for farm and village boys  when he founded the Saint Bernard's School. The School was named for St. Bernard (1090-1153),  a Cistercian monk best known for his eloquent sermons, intellectual pursuits, and emphasis on balancing earthly labor and spiritual devotion. These ideals inspired Rev. Conover, the staff, and the Board of Trustees in their conception of the goals of the school.

Rev. Conover was a tireless individual who thought nothing of doing calisthenics with his students in an unheated classroom or walking to Bernardsville on a Sunday morning to lead services. Throughout his long career, he organized and built St. Luke’s Church in Gladstone, All Saints Church in Millington and St. John's Chapel in Mine Mount as well as establishing the Visiting Nurses Association of the Somerset Hills. He was spiritual advisor to the The Gill School and chaplain for the U. S. Veterans' Hospital, the Bernardsville Fire Department, and the Clinton Reformatory for Women.

Miss Elizabeth Gill

Integrity of character, loyalty to principle, learning to live with others with consideration — these are the vitally important things in this business of living.

After earning her Master's degree from Columbia University Teachers College, Miss Elizabeth Gill founded The Wychwood School in 1934, which later became her namesake, The Gill School. Her educational philosophy was based on the value of the individual and she sought, through small classes and direct student-teacher connections, a rich school experience. 

Under her leadership, The Gill School prospered, moved from Westfield, NJ to the Mendham Hills, and finally to the Stronghold estate in Bernardsville.

Elizabeth Gill led The Gill School until her retirement in 1953. In honor of her contributions to the school, she was named headmistress emeritus for life, and honorary trustee and a member of the corporation of the school.

Contact Us

For questions about other ways to give, contact Blake Putnam, Associate Director of Development, at (908) 234-1611, x361 or Thank you for helping make Founders' Day a success!