The “Great Classrooms for Great Kids,” capital campaign raised $7 million to dramatically increase the number of classrooms and labs in the Middle and Upper School. The results of this effort, which ended on July 31, 2012 included:
- Hartman Hall – the first new classroom building at MFS since the 1960s. The former South Annex building on the Greenleaf property was completely renovated to become to new home of the Math Department as well as choral music. It was dedicated on Alumni Weekend, May 2012.
- A new chemistry lab, a new chemistry/environmental science lab, and a new robotics/physics lab in the Middle and Upper School building. These new labs opened in September 2012.
- The Mecray Courtyard in front of the Field House and a new tennis court were also built in the summer of 2012 and dedicated in the fall of 2012.
- The McShap Path which connects Hartman Hall to the Field House and Mecray Courtyard was dedicated on Alumni Weekend, May 2013.
Among the benefits of these projects to the academic program are:
- All full-time teachers now have their own classrooms, providing valuable continuity and increased prep time for the faculty.
- By gathering the math faculty together in the same building, the department is able to experience the synergies of readily sharing ideas, pedagogy and curriculum.
- The new labs will allow the Science Department to support long-term student investigations and provide critical space for expanded work in robotics.
- A large, specifically designed suite in Hartman provides a dedicated rehearsal space for the choral music program.
- In addition, Hartman Hall now serves as the home base for the school’s Summer Scholars program.
A feature article on the campaign was included in the Fall 2011 Issue of Among Friends. Click here to read the article. Supporters of the capital campaign are listed on two donors walls in the entrance lobby to Hartman Hall.
Capital Campaign History
Capital fund-raising efforts through the years have mobilized the school community to come together and address major needs. New buildings, renovated facilities as well as the establishment of endowed funds have been the results of these impressive campaigns. Each of these projects has served to enhance the educational experience of MFS students. Click here to learn more about our tradition of support and some of the significant capital campaigns in the school’s history.