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The Pennington School Celebrates Successful Capital Campaign

Dr. William S. Hawkey, headmaster, thanks the donors to the campaign

PENNINGTON, N.J., Oct. 30--- The Pennington School marked the end of a highly successful, five-year comprehensive campaign with a special event on the evening of Friday, October 27. The School’s ambitious five-year campaign, Building for the Future, far exceeded its initial goal of raising $10 million and concluded on June 30, 2017, raising over $23.2 million.


Lead donors to the campaign joined members of the board of trustees, current parents, the faculty, and School administrators for a champagne celebration Friday, in a beautifully decorated tent on the bank of the School’s Lowellden Pond.


Peter J. Tucci ’79, chair of Pennington’s Board of Trustees and the parent of two Pennington graduates, stated, “I am proud to serve on the board of trustees, especially during a time of such a positive transformation in the School’s history. By exceeding our goal by 16%, we have just concluded the most successful campaign in Pennington’s 180-year history. The funds raised during this campaign will touch every aspect of The Pennington School.”


Pennington’s campaign was launched in 2013 and grew out of a strategic planning process to physically transform the campus and provide innovative new programs and curriculum. The new Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building, opened in January 2016, is the largest component of the elaborate master plan that enhanced the educational experience at The Pennington School. In addition to the new building, Stainton Hall was completely renovated in order to create a brand-new space for the Middle School, a new makerspace equipped with CAD software and the latest tools for a rigorous engineering curriculum, and a separate wing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). A new admission office suite was built inside the oldest building on campus, Old Main, restoring it as the historic center of the School. During the summer of 2017, Meckler Library was completely refurbished to better meet the changing needs of 21st-century students. Work is continuing on Wesley Drive, a new road that will encircle the School and create an all-pedestrian campus by fall of 2019, and administrative offices in Old Main are set to be renovated during the summer of 2018. Every classroom on the School’s campus has been renovated or newly built during the past two years.


The Pennington School developed two new academic programs during this time, providing new opportunities for students. The Global Studies Certificate Program is a two-year, interdisciplinary environment which prepares students to meaningfully participate and succeed in their ever-changing world. Students develop their capacity to understand and to act on issues of global significance. Broadening their outlook outside of their school environment, Global Studies students learn how to take steps to achieve purposeful action in the world and become true global citizens.


The Applied Science Certificate Program is a two-year, multidisciplinary curriculum in which students acquire important STEM skills and learn to create, innovate, design products, and solutions, and discover how to be part of and lead an effective team. Graduates of this program gain the confidence, disciplinary knowledge, programming skills, and engineering problem-solving ability to design creative and practical solutions to real-world problems.


The Pennington School, founded in 1838, is an independent coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, in both day and boarding programs. The curriculum is college preparatory, with an emphasis on individual excellence, fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts.


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