Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark and professor at Harvard Medical School, spoke at the opening as well
as accepted recognition for his partnership and guidance in the design of the Sports and Fitness Center and for educating Eagle Hill about the profound benefits of regular exercise—for the brain and for learning. Eagle Hill has spent the last two years designing and building a Sports and Fitness Center that enables — inspires even— every EHS student, faculty, and community member to explore and embrace a fitness for life model. The Baglio Center, a 62,000 square foot facility that is equal parts functional and spectacular, would not have been possible without the vision and dedication of Eagle Hill’s Board of Trustees. Board President Marilyn Waller thanked the Board for their efforts and led a round of applause for the extraordinary leadership of Headmaster PJ McDonald in carrying out their vision. Steve Chapman, chairman of the building committee, also spoke and acknowledged the work of Facilities Director Bob Begin in leading the project to completion on record pace. The Baglio Center features such amenities as a competition basketball court; two courts with abutting synthetic floors to allow for indoor tennis, golf and batting cages, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, etc. in the winter months; a running track; a wrestling room; a dance studio; a cardiovascular center; a squash pavilion; a competition swimming pool; a rock-climbing wall; four team rooms; and five locker rooms. Headmaster PJ McDonald explained to the crowd that the naming of the Baglio Center was made possible through the generosity of several anonymous donors. Dr. McDonald also shared these emotional words: “I wanted Ron and Erin’s four children, when they walk into this facility with their friends and family and even their own children someday, to point up at his name and say, ‘My dad was great!’ Because he was great, is great, and will always be great in the eyes of this community.” Ron Baglio served as Eagle Hill School’s Assistant Headmaster for Student Life for eighteen years. He was respected and admired by his colleagues, and he helped a generation of students find meaning and success in their lives. Sadly, Ron passed away suddenly on October 4, 2013, at the age of 42. Ron’s wife, Director of Development Erin Wynne, stunned the crowd with her courage, poise, and grace as she stood at the podium to thank the Eagle Hill community. “The children and I feel your love and compassion. The lines between friendship and family have been blurred. And I know Ron will be eternally grateful to you all for looking after his family in this most incredible way.” Ms. Wynne went on to encourage students to honor Mr. Baglio by taking full advantage of the tremendous opportunity opened to them that day.
Dr. John Ratey (left) and PJ McDonald pose near the plaque honoring Dr. Ratey for his contribution.
Erin Wynne speaks during the opening ceremony.
Ron and Erin's four children assisted by members of the Student Council cut the ribbon at the end of the dedication ceremony. 20 Eagle Hill School 2012–2013
Published on Oct 29, 2013