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Literary Arts

Reading and writing and learning to express themselves well through the written word are hallmarks of a Gilman education. Boys find several opportunities to develop themselves as writers, whether reporting for one of our student newspapers, working on the literary magazine, creating the yearbook, or simply completing a class creative writing assignment.

Creative writing is encouraged across the curriculum — a Middle School history teacher may ask their students to write an essay as if they were one of the Little Rock Nine students, or a Lower School class may publish a colonial broadsheet. Additionally, Gilman is also among a few high schools nationwide to boast a writing center.

While various student publications have come and gone with student interest, the publications on this page have consistent decade or multi-decade-long histories at the School.


The Gilman News is the Upper School student newspaper.




Each May, Gilman's award-winning yearbook, Cynosure, is presented to the Upper School just before distribution. The 2018 edition marked the yearbook's 100th edition.

A complete archive of yearbooks is available for use by members of the Gilman community.

Access the Cynosure Collection

Note: A passkey is required to view the yearbook archive. Please email to obtain login information.




Paragon, the award-winning Upper School literary magazine, showcases innovative, well-crafted, and creative student literature, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir. Paragon is published at least once a year.

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