Apr 292014

Groton School Schoolhouse beam signing kicks of renovation

Groton School Schoolhouse beam signing kicks of renovation

The Groton School community left an indelible mark on the ongoing renovation of the iconic Schoolhouse—and on Groton history last Friday.

At about 8 a.m., a bright white, 14-foot beam—one of the first that will go into the Schoolhouse’s new addition—was in place near St.John’s Chapel, on Groton’s Circle. When the morning Chapel service ended, students poured out and walked over to sign the beam before heading to classes. With red and black Sharpies in hand, they put their names on a project that is preparing the Schoolhouse for the next century.

Friday evening, faculty, staff, trustees, and honored guests gathered to sign the same beam outside the Headmaster’s House, then headed to a special dinner. Speaking at the event were Board of Trustees President James H. Higgins, New Facilities Committee Chairman and trustee Franz Colloredo-Mansfeld, Headmaster Temba Maqubela, and trustee and early advocate of the project Jennifer Sandell. The Grotones, a girls a cappella group, performed at the celebration.

The ceremonial beam-signings heralded the Schoolhouse project, which is revitalizing the structure and expanding it with an addition dedicated to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. Construction began in mid-March and is expected to be complete by fall 2015.

See more photos from the beam-signing ceremonies on our multimedia page.