Girls' school breaks ground for building

Oldfields using $6.6 million for 5 science labs, library

February 25, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

GLENCOE -- Oldfields School students and faculty members broke ground for a $6.6 million building yesterday that will house five science labs and a library when it opens in September.

Windows at one end of the library will allow students to gaze at Old House, the country cabin in which the school was founded in 1867. Another set of library windows will offer a view of Chicken Hill, where horses graze, said school spokesman Ret Talbot.

Money for the 24,000-square-foot building was raised through the school's Largeness of Heart Campaign, which was begun last year to raise $21 million. About $9 million has been pledged.

Contributions of $1 million each have been received from Carlisle Mayer, Class of 1978, and Mike and Barbara Simpson, whose daughter recently graduated from Oldfields. Mike Simpson chairs the school's board of trustees. Tammis Day, Class of 1969, gave $2.5 million to Oldfields recently.

Oldfields officials say the contributions will allow them to double the size of the school's endowment fund, providing more financial aid for students and better salaries and benefits for teachers.

The building was designed by Charles E. Anthony Architects of Annapolis and will be built by Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore.

The groundbreaking ceremony yesterday was incorporated into the school's annual "109th Until Graduation" event, in which seniors celebrate their last weeks at school with a dinner.

Oldfields, in Glencoe, is an independent college-preparatory school for girls in grades eight through 12.

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