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An independent day school educating students PreK-Grade 12

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Planned Giving



Join our Circle of the Bells Society by making a planned gift! You can make a lasting contribution to future generations by designating King School as a beneficiary of your estate plan. Your estate gift helps ensure King’s future while also possibly providing tax benefits for you and your family. Society members provide far-sighted support of King and play an essential role in ensuring the School’s continued financial health and tradition of excellence.

Since our founding in 1865, we’ve invented and reinvented ourselves to set a better standard for education. The King School of today draws on and is inspired by the ideals of all of our predecessor schools: Low-Heywood, Thomas School, King School, Low-Heywood Thomas, and, most recently, KLHT. Over the past 150 (and counting!) years, our founding schools came together and blended their values and virtues. Today, we celebrate our heritage while committing to a forward-looking vision; every day our students discover and forge unique paths to excellence as we teach, guide, and cheer them on.

Hand bells at King have become synonymous with the joyful ringing in of the new school year and the culmination of a student’s King experience when members of Grade 12 ring their own bells at graduation. The Circle of the Bells Society was established in honor of this tradition and to recognize the generosity of all participants in the School’s planned giving program. If you’ve already included King School as a beneficiary of a trust, life insurance policy, or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know.* Your willingness to be included as a member of the Circle of the Bells Society encourages others to follow your example. We acknowledge and respect those who wish to remain anonymous, and we urge you to let us know of your plans on a confidential basis. Don’t hesitate to contact us at

Thank you for your commitment to King’s mission through a planned gift!

Warmest wishes,

Barbara Drayer
Director of Development
(203) 322-3496, Ext. 4324

*Unless you designate otherwise, all planned gifts will be added to the school’s board-designated, unrestricted general endowment.

Griff Titus makes estate-plan gift to bolster King’s endowment and benefit students for years to come

Griffith (Griff) Titus is said to have cut countless miles of grass during his years at King School. For nearly 40 years Griff maintained the buildings and grounds at King, but he was most well known for his sharp wit and friendly smile. He passed away March 11, 2017, just two weeks shy of his 75th birthday.

Griff lived modestly and spent decades quietly working to beautify the campus. He was always the first one on campus every morning, often showing up even on his vacation days. His friends told us that he “lived simply” and spent very little on himself, beyond his prized possession: a Cadillac Escalade. His presence is still greatly missed in the few years since his passing.

Griff’s legacy, however, continues to nurture King and all it offers. Griff had named King as a beneficiary to a significant portion of his estate, a gift worth almost $300,000. This moving and meaningful gift to King went to bolster the School’s Endowment, therefore benefiting students for years to come.

Griff’s commitment to King is tremendously inspiring for us all, and we are humbled by his generosity and thoughtfulness. He gave so much to this community in his life, and we are so grateful to be remembered even in his death. Griff’s legacy is commemorated with a stone marker and a plaque near the playing field so that his steadfast spirit of service can be remembered by us all.