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Designed by the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, Memorial School House was completed in 1923 and was meant to serve as a lasting monument honoring those alumni and faculty who served in WWI.
As of 1919 when the monument was conceived, 80 percent of the school’s alumni had served, according to School Archivist Valerie Simpson, and by the time the building was completed, 15 alumni and one faculty member had died.
“As reported in the school publications at the time, an academic building was chosen so as to form a ‘living legacy’ that would bond all future generations of students to those men who served and sacrificed for the noble cause of defending a free, educated society,” Simpson writes.
Over the last few years, Memorial School House’s slate roof was replaced and its gilded cupola renovated.
The building is slated for additional major restoration in the coming years.
Visit a photo gallery of the collection.
St. George’s School formally dedicated its new Academic Center Feb. 27, 2016, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included trustees, parents, faculty and staff members, as well as student leaders.
Head of School Eric Peterson called the building a “magnificent achievement” that perfectly suits the needs of today’s students. He thanked the generous donors who made the project possible as well as the design firm, EYP Architecture & Engineering; the construction firm, Shawmut Design and Construction; and faculty and staff members who were instrumental in ushering the project through several phases of design.
Dean of Academics Christopher Shaw discussed how the building is allowing the school to redesign and expand its curriculum in bold ways that feature project-based learning and that encourage student engagement.
The 40,000-square-foot Academic Center features an eastern-facing wing of state-of-the-art science laboratories on two-levels, as well as a wing of classrooms with the latest technology features for math and other disciplines.
Complete with several sustainable features, the building took 18 months to complete and was built to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Pictured here are Head of School Eric Peterson, Chair of the Board of Trustees Leslie Heaney ’92, Senior Prefect Tim Baumann ’16 and former chair of the Science Department Steve Leslie.
Dr. BJ Miller, St. George’s Class of 1989, was the featured speaker during a milestone weekend for the school in late February that also included the formal dedication of our impressive new Academic Center.
Miller, a palliative care specialist in San Francisco who sustained devastating injuries in a freak accident in college, captivated the audience Feb. 26 with his intellectual and creative ruminations on human suffering and end-of-life health care.
Watch Dr. Miller’s talk on our Vimeo channel.
“It was one of the best [talks] I have attended — both in and out of St. George's,” said Toreali Kurmanov ’16. “In addition, Dr. Miller proves that SG alumni are some of the most motivated and inspirational people out there.”
Updates regarding the ongoing investigation into past incidents of sexual abuse at St. George's may be found at Healing St. George's.
Following is an editorial that recently ran in St. George's school newspaper, The Red & White:
Students weigh in on recent media reports of St. George’s troubled past
By Taylor Kirkpatrick ’16
On behalf of the Red & White Editorial Board and the student body, I would like to address some issues that have become front and center for our community as of late. As everyone is aware, St. George’s has been the focus of international media attention for events that have transpired in our past which are painful for all who are involved. While we all wish that these events had never occurred, it is our responsibility, as a community, to own up to our past, while also propelling ourselves into the future.
Since this scandal has surfaced, a couple of things have become abundantly clear. As students, we all still get up and go to class every day and we still love our school. However, we continue our jobs here as students while remaining keenly aware of the severity of the situation and compassionate towards the victims harmed.
Over the past couple of months, as the allegations have emerged, the Red & White Editorial Board has taken the opportunity to reach out to students throughout our community to understand the impact of these unfortunate events on life at St. Georges for the current student body. While many find themselves at a distance from these events, due to the fact that they happened many years ago, the students feel that the administration has successfully kept the student body informed and abreast of the state of affairs.
Honor Board member Annie Kim ’16 explained, “Mr. Peterson has done a really good job trying to keep us, the students, out of it, but at the same time, he has given us as much information as possible so that we can prepare ourselves for what is to come.” Many students agreed on the fact that they feel well informed about the allegations, but also understand their distance from the events in our school’s past. “I feel really detached from the situation, but it still pains me to think that this used to happen and I hope that everything gets resolved,” said fellow Honor Board member, Laura Edson ’16. While most students feel a sense of detachment from the allegations, there is no lack of empathy for those who were involved. “The school, for me, personally, has been nothing but positive and I know that is the case for a lot of my friends and classmates as well. I hope that everything goes smoothly from here and that these victims can be helped,” said Senior Prefect, Tim Baumann ’16. Fellow prefect, Caroline Macaulay ’16, agreed, “I have a feeling that it will all work out, but at the same time, it is odd to be removed from a situation that hits so close to home.”
As a community, I think that it is also important to understand that while St. George’s may be the one highlighted in the news now, we are not alone in these incidents. Unfortunately, sexual abuse has been a reality in the past for many schools and communities. However, this does not excuse the actions that we must still remain responsible for. “If we want to grow from this experience and become a better school, we need to talk about this and look back on what we did wrong and fix it, so looking forward we don’t make that mistake again,” said Head of the Honor Board Freddy Gregoire ’16. “I think that there’s a lot to learn from all of this.”
When alumnus Dr. BJ Miller ’89 gave a talk on Feb. 26 in honor of the official opening of the new Academic Center, he reiterated his pride for St. George’s and explained how impressed he was with how we have united in the face of these hard times. Dr. Miller, a palliative care specialist and executive director of the “Zen Hospice Project” in San Francisco, went on to speak about the nature of pain and suffering. While the majority of the suffering that Dr. Miller encounters is centered around his hospice work, he explained that it is a reality for all humans to suffer, in some way, at least once in their lifetime.
To me, Dr. Miller’s words about suffering can be paralleled with the incidents our community is currently facing. However, it seems that, universally, the St. George’s community feels that this suffering can bring us closer together and make us stronger for the future. “Even though we are in a tornado right now, there is definitely still a silver lining,” said Edson.
Many alumni have banned together on social media to support the community and show their love for the school. “I think that it is awesome that former Dragons are posting on Facebook about their Dragon pride,” said Daisy Mayer ’17. Edson explained, “Mr. Peterson has a saying about rooting for and not against. I think that is exactly what the alumni and present students are doing. It’s a really positive reaction.”
Boarding schools are special because of the unique opportunity to live among teachers and mentors. These events give current students an appreciation for the safety and security that we all feel on the Hilltop today.
Kate Zernike ’86 was at her home in Montclair, N.J., getting her two boys — Frits, 8, and Nicolaas, 6 — ready for school on May 13 when a text message popped up on her cell phone. A friend was asking if she could drop off her own son at Kate’s house before the school bus arrived. There had been an accident in Philadelphia, the friend reported, and she needed to get to the hospital where the friend’s husband was to undergo emergency surgery.
Then came an email from Zernike’s boss, the Metro editor at The New York Times, Wendell Jamieson. “Can I lend you to National?” he asked. Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, on its way from Washington to New York and carrying 238 passengers, had crashed at 9:30 p.m. the night before.
Zernike needed to start reporting. Read the full article
When students come to St. George’s, they meet friends from all over the country and the world — making the Hilltop a truly vibrant place to live and learn. So what better place to collect some travel tips?
We tapped into a few of the diverse cultural backgrounds of our student body — whose hometowns range from communities in the Deep South of the U.S. to urban centers in Asia — to gather some insider secrets for our own next adventures ... Read the full article
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