Spring Update: Center for the Arts

Spring Update: Center for the Arts

There are four major areas of construction progress at the Center for the Arts: insulating the outer walls, adding the steel roof, adding the remaining glass panels, and creating the first sheetrock walls.

Center for the Arts: 'Game Changing' For Brooks

Center for the Arts: 'Game Changing' For Brooks

Nearly 10 months after Head of School John Packard broke ground on the construction of Brooks School's new $28 million Center for the Arts, the building has taken shape and significant progress has been made to the exterior. Trustees' recently took a tour inside and came out impressed with what's been done and excited for what's to come.

On Schedule Despite Winter Weather

On Schedule Despite Winter Weather

Despite some recent nasty weather, construction crews are operating on schedule in the creation of the new Center for the Arts. 

Beam Signing

Beam Signing

The campus community celebrated these milestones on October 27 by signing a steel beam that now sits prominently above the Main Street entrance. Eventually, the beam will be enclosed, but the building will forever bear the names of the current students, faculty and staff who witnessed its construction.

Alumni Working on Center for the Arts

Alumni Working on Center for the Arts

Todd McCabe ’89, P’15, Lee Berman '07, Joe Napolitano ’09 and Jordan Price ’19 are all professionally working on the new Center for the Arts. For them, the project is personal; they implicitly understand the importance of the project and are proud to be a part of it. 

Professional Development

Professional Development

This summer, roughly 27 teachers undertook nearly 20 different professional development programs this summer. "We're trying to maximize the impact and scope of this work so that it benefits our students and their experience here, and I feel great about how many different things our faculty members did," Dean of Faculty John McVeigh said. 

Center for the Arts: Sweeping Update and Overview

Center for the Arts: Sweeping Update and Overview

Steel was delivered to campus as the first classes got underway, closely followed by the delivery of large portions of what will be the building’s air ducts. The first beams of steel were added to the West basement structure, as the East basement’s concrete walls were setting. By the last week of September taller slabs of concrete walls had been poured, the first signs of the main street facade of the building.

Soccer Soil

Soccer Soil

The boys 3rd soccer team has one more reason to rejoice in the Center for the Arts renovation: Soil from the school’s current big dig is being used to regrade the team’s notably uneven playing field.

Construction Update

Construction Update

In a few short weeks, returning students and faculty will discovered a campus transformed. While we are still more than a year away from a finished Center for the Arts, it is exciting to begin to see the project taking shape.

Groundbreaking Moment for Brooks

Groundbreaking Moment for Brooks

Four shovels broke ground in front of the campus’ historic barn during Alumni Weekend, marking the end of the new Center for the Arts’ planning phase and the beginning of its construction phase.

"Save Your Seat" Campaign Announced

"Save Your Seat" Campaign Announced

The Center for the Arts is one of the last significant pieces both for the campaign and our campus. The school recently launched a theater seat plaque initiative in hopes of fully funding the new building before the June 2017 groundbreaking.

The Shoulders We Stand On

The Shoulders We Stand On

If the soon-to-be-built Center for the Arts is a dream home for the Brooks arts program, then consider the Auditorium its starter home. We’re gaining space, facilities, modern features, and a wealth of performance, rehearsal, classroom, studio and community space. At the same time, though, we’re bidding goodbye to the cozy, familiar building filled with memories that our community — our family — grew up in. 

Two New Endowed Chairs

Two New Endowed Chairs

In mid-November, Head of School John Packard to bestow endowed faculty chairs on two respected members of the Brooks faculty: English department chair Dean Charpentier received the F. Fessenden Wilder Endowed Chair and Science department chair Randy Hesse received the Waldo Holcombe Chair.

Summer Events

Summer Events

We took to the road this summer, spending time with alumni, parents and past parents in Maine, New York and Colorado. 

California

California

In February 2016, Head of School John Packard P’18 and Board of Trustees President-Elect Steve Gorham ’85, P’17 headed west to discuss the campaign with a number of Californian alumni.

A Grass-Roots Teaching Community

A Grass-Roots Teaching Community

A faculty triad leads to a week-long initiative for faculty toimprove their teaching skills by learning from one another.

Taking the Lead

Taking the Lead

Steve Gorham ’85, P’17, the president-elect of the Brooks School board of trustees, has worked hard his entire life. Hard work is all he knows: Gorham grew up behind the counter of the North Andover hardware store his parents ran; he became determined to find firm footing among his wealthier peers at Brooks; and he followed his intelligence and dogged resourcefulness to career success at MFS Investment Management, a firm with global reach.  

Turf Field Dedicated

Turf Field Dedicated

On Friday, October 23, the new turf field was named Anna K. Trustey Memorial Field in honor of Anna Trustey ’16. Anna and her father, Brooks board member Joe Trustey, passed away last summer.

Fall Summit

Fall Summit

On Friday, October 16, alumni, parents and friends spent the day on campus learning about school needs and goals for The Campaign for Brooks.