homecoming crowd cheering.
homecoming crowd cheering.

Student Life

Community Traditions

At BB&N, community traditions play a significant role in fostering a sense of belonging, unity, and school spirit.

These cherished customs and practices have been passed down through generations, creating a rich tapestry of shared experiences that define the BB&N community. From time-honored events to spirited celebrations, these traditions serve as a catalyst for connection, personal growth, and a deep appreciation for the school’s history and values. BB&N acknowledges and moves on from traditions when they no longer serve our current community and culture.

Discover the Vibrant Traditions of BB&N

two students singing

One School One World

One School One World is an all-school biannual gathering celebrating the diversity of cultures represented at BB&N. Through sharing food, dance, and traditions with each other, families explore what makes the BB&N community unique and special.

crew team on river under bridge.

Head of the Charles

Head of the Charles, the world’s largest rowing regatta, is celebrated each October at BB&N’s Eliot Bridge boathouse on the Charles River.

Students with painted faces.


Homecoming brings BB&N community members of all ages together to enjoy athletics games, festivities, and pep rally spirit.

facepainted kids.

BB&N Circus

BB&N Circus is held at the Lower School every spring. For almost 70 years, Lower School families have celebrated the end of the year with games, rides, entertainment, and crafts in support of financial aid.

alumni dinner.

Strawberry Night

Strawberry Night represents the traditional alumni celebration during reunion weekend. The name derives from the New England tradition of strawberry festivals in the spring.

painting of rainbow over house.

Senior Tiles

Senior Tiles began in 1958 by B&N (Browne & Nichols School) art teacher Constance Holden. At the end of the school year, every senior paints a square ceramic tile with an image that represents their time on campus.