This school year, the Gunnery, a private school in Washington, welcomed 132 new students onto its campus.

That number includes the largest freshman class ever at 56.

Of the 299 students enrolled, 92 are day students.

Not only is the overall population larger compared to years past, but the day student population itself represents a larger percentage of the Gunnery's student body than ever before.

Among those who are on campus this year are Alec Cornell, of Washington, a member of the Class of 2014; Patrick and Jack Mullen, of Bridgewater, members of the classes of 2017 and 2016, respectively; and Amanda and Erica Payne, of Bridgewater, members of the classes of 2014 and 2016, respectively.

Alec is not the first in his family to attend the school.

His parents, Sally Houldin Cornell and Steve Cornell, both of the Class of 1977; his sister, Christina, of the Class of 2009; his cousins, Warren and Wiley Houldin, of the classes of 2016 and 11, respectively; and his uncles Peter, Scott and Spencer, of the classes of 1990, 1980 and 1987, respectively, all helped paved the way.