In April 1981, Grade 8 students decided to hold a breakfast for the Ensworth community to raise money for a class gift to the school. The students cooked and served the meal themselves, feeding 600 people in two hours, and just like that, the Pancake Breakfast was born.
Since then, the Pancake Breakfast has become a much-anticipated and beloved Ensworth tradition. Grade 8 Faculty advisors work with Grade 8 students to assign responsibilities before and on the day of the event. Students sell tickets and donuts, market the event and transform Brown Athletic Center into a welcoming and warm dining hall. They help prepare breakfast, complete not just with pancakes, but also eggs, bacon, and a popular hash brown casserole, and serve the feast to more than 1,000 attendees (including students and faculty from both campuses, parents, grandparents, alumni and friends). Finally, students clean everything up after the last patron has left Brown. Each Grade 8 student receives and wears a student-designed apron signed by fellow classmates, creating a keepsake to remember this special day. All proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast go to the 8th Grade gift to the school or a charitable organization selected by the students.