Garrison Forest School received a $5 million gift to support several ongoing and future projects, including a full renovation of the main Upper School building and the construction of a new dormitory, both of which are slated for completion this summer. Gifted by an anonymous alumna donor, the donation represents the largest single philanthropic gift in the independent school’s 109-year history.
GFS broke ground on the new dormitory earlier this month with a completion date of July 2019. The dorm will house 24 students and includes a student commons, a kitchen-dining area, and several flexible meeting and conference spaces. The dorm will also feature three large faculty apartments, which will allow the school to add to the number of faculty members who currently reside on campus.
The school will also complete construction on the second phase of the Upper School renovation plan this summer. The first phase, a renovation of Garrison Forest’s McLennan Library, was completed in 2018. This summer, the school’s main Upper School building will be completely renovated to modernize the science labs and relocate the math department to be adjacent to the labs, allowing the students to benefit from the increased synergy between both departments. The project will also include new language classrooms on the first floor, as well as renovated spaces for the Academic Resources Center (ARC), Residential Life offices, Counseling office, new meeting rooms and several administrative and faculty offices.
Read Head of School Chris Hughes' announcement to the GFS community.