The Cathedral School Breaks Ground on Its Expansion Project
On Saturday, May 20, Cathedral School administrators, trustees, parents, alumni, alumni parents, students, and civic and cultural community leaders gathered to break ground on the school’s new Expansion Project. The event was held during the school’s annual Spring Fair, a celebration that traditionally welcomes all members of the Upper West Side community to the Cathedral campus.
Jon Abbot ’76 opened the historic event, reflecting on his experiences at Cathedral in the 1970s and its lifelong impact on him. “I know the heart and soul of Cathedral will continue to live and thrive in the Expansion. By growing, we only become stronger.” Head of School Marsha Nelson echoed his sentiments: “This Expansion will strengthen the sense of community and inclusive spirit we treasure at The Cathedral School. Though the façade is changing, this Expansion project will only enrich the lives of our students, and prepare them to become the insightful, culturally aware and rigorous scholars of the future.”
The Expansion’s design is faithful to the school’s original architecture, and will even use schist stone from the same Pennsylvania quarry that was used for the original school building in 1912. A 2,700-square-foot Media and Innovation Center, a STEAM-centric Makerspace, and expanded space for assembly and lunch highlight the project.
The project has currently raised more than $4.1 million dollars towards exceeding its $6 million-dollar goal, including the first anonymous million-dollar gift in the school’s history.
Construction for the Expansion is already underway. School administrators anticipate the addition being ready for students during the 2018-19 school year.