1978Pine Peace School opens as a summer program in the new Daniel's building in Pine Peace. Dorothy Muilenburg and JoAnne Pach teach with help from Anna Johannson Lagercrantz and Janet Cook-Rutnik.
1978Preschool begins with four students.
1979School is moved to the late Toni Oppenheimer's beach house at Hawksnest Beach; 3 children participate in the Carnival parade as the "Little Donkey Cart", accompanied by Dorothy Muilenburg and JoAnne Pach.
1980-1982School moves four times to Jens and Irma Pickering's warehouse in Pine Peace, Catholic Church, Schnell’s guesthouse, and Toni Oppenheimer’s beach house at Hawksnest Beach. Shailer Bass family donates Gifft Hill land; 5 students participate in the Carnival parade as "The Little Engine That Could".
1981Construction of first building begins (the current ELC building).
1982School opens on Gifft Hill; Kathy Hilliard takes role of administrator.
1983Classes expanded to lower level of building, up to Grade 3.
1984Bass family donates second parcel of land. Richard Schlieffin gives large donation for second building.
19871st Annual Dinner Auction is held at the Fernhouse, organized by Janet Cook-Rutnik and Trish Capuano. $35 tickets sold out to a crowd of 130 people. George Blackhall was the first auctioneer. 41 students are currently enrolled. VI Department of Education gives Pine Peace their Certificate of Accreditation for K-3rd grade.
1988New building constructed!
1989Hurricane Hugo. Pine Peace School was the first to re-open in the territory. School expands to include Grades 4-6.
1990Dedication for St. John Community Room (the "Great Room") officiated by Lt. Governor Derek M. Hodge. Beth Knight joins faculty as Kindergarten teacher.
1992New Playground completed through a donation from the Doris Freedman family in her memory; 75 students enrolled.
1993Albert Sewer Scholarship added to the Scholarship Fund; Fish Bay parcel deeded to the school.
1995Hurricane Marilyn; parents helped rebuild roof of original building.
1996Accreditation from Commission on Elementary Schools of Middle States Association.
1997-1998Bertolino Building constructed at the Lower Campus.
2000Beth Knight takes role of Lower School Principal. Coral Bay School is created by Scott and Sabrina Crawford as the first independent middle and high school on St. John, enrolling 13 students in grades 7-9 its first year. Over the next four years, the school grew to 85 students in grades 7-12 and gained accreditation.
2004Pine Peace School and Coral Bay School merge as St. John School on Gifft Hill; 8 acres of land were donated to the school, nearly contiguous to the Pine Peace campus.
2004First senior class in St. John history graduates with a ceremony at Annaberg.
2005Ground-breaking for Upper Campus. Fred Trayser leads the construction.
20094 acre parcel of land adjoining Lower and Upper Campuses donated by Glen and Jo Ann Hall; school now sits on 14 contiguous acres.
2010Dedication of Trayser Field; completion playground and green-top renovation at the Lower Campus; 5 year partnership established with Iowa State University to form EARTH program; accreditation renewed for K-12th grades; dedication of Nekwan Sprauve Memorial ½ court Basketball Court; Judy Chamberlain assumes position of Head of School.
2014Dr. Laurie Bottiger, PhD assumes role of Head of School
2016GHS was awarded the EPA Environmental Champion Award in recognition of our commitment to environmental sustainability and for leading by example in the Virgin Islands.
Gifft Hill School will be featured in late summer or early fall 2016 on the 21st season of the PBS Visionaries program, hosted by Sam Waterston and produced by Bill Mosher.