June 13, 2018 marked a historic day at Derryfield, as over 100 members of the school community broke ground for the new Athletics & Wellness Center. When completed, the building will stand behind the Middle School and Lockwood Lyceum where, up until breaking ground, the tennis courts had stood. Housing new basketball courts, weight and aerobic training facilities, a dance and multipurpose studio, team and locker rooms, and athletics offices, the Athletics & Wellness Center kicks off the first phase of facility renewal and renovation at Derryfield that will transform the School into a leader in 21st century education.
Before a ceremonial champagne toast, Head of School Dr. Mary Carter and Chair of the Board of Trustees Brad Benson ’78 spoke briefly about the Thinking Forward Campaign and the incredible impact the new facilities will have on the Derryfield community. Dr. Carter said, “Breaking ground today on the Athletics & Wellness Center creates a domino effect for the rest of campus. It will keep Derryfield relevant, sustainable, and ready to launch 21st century learners.” Many of the trustees, alumni, parents, faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly in support of the Thinking Forward Campaign attended the event and celebrated opening the next chapter in Derryfield history by posing for traditional shovel and hard hat photos.
Led by a dedicated steering committee comprised of trustees, alumni, and current and alumni parents, the Thinking Forward Campaign to date has raised $5.3 million toward an overall goal of $8.3 million. Reaching the campaign goal will enable the School to initiate the next phases in updating facilities on campus including renovating the current gymnasium into a cutting edge Science & Innovation Center and constructing a new tennis complex across River Road.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.