- Ties to the Episcopal Church and a tradition of service
- The integration of women and the advent of coeducation
- Pioneering academic curricula and programs
- Grass-roots development of the arts
- Competitive athletics and the historical importance of snow sports
Solberg brings together the perspectives of previous school historians and a wealth of archival material, using both chronological and thematic lenses to reflect on school culture. From the venerable Livermore family whose mansion was the school's first home, to the visionary churchmen who founded the school, to the headmasters who helped guide the school through times of crisis, she introduces key figures and places them in historical context. More than a simple historical summary, This Tender Vine is a loving tribute to a venerable yet vibrant school community.