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Encyclopedia > Gordon School
Gordon School
Established 1910
School type Independent, Coeducational
Head of School Ralph Wales
Location East Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and White
Mascot Gator
Homepage www.gordonschool.org

The Gordon School is a coeducational, independent school located in East Providence, Rhode Island. Classes include Nursery through eighth grade. Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... An independent school is a school which is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operation and is instead operated by tuition charges, gifts, and perhaps the investment yield of an endowment. ... Location of East Providence, Rhode Island. ...



The Gordon School was founded by Dr. Helen West Cooke in 1910 in her home in Providence’s East Side. The school relocated to its current campus in 1963.


The school maintains several acres with an eye toward natural landscaping. It is fortunate to have a stream that runs through the property, creating a pond that entices both students and children of the neighborhood alike. A regulation playing field was extensively renovated during the summer of 2006.

Notable Student Achievements

The Gordon School’s competitive robotics team won the Director's Award in the Rhode Island First Lego competition, as well as a Young Environmentalist Award from Save the Bay in early 2006.


The school’s mascot is known to take many forms in both artwork and in costume. A new green Gator costume debuted in the fall of 2006; various 8th graders have "suited up" in the costume for key events this year.


The Gordon Community Association is populated by the families, faculty, administrators and staff of The Gordon School. Its mission is to build community among these groups. The all volunteer group organizes and executes many events during the school year.



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