property purchases have added faculty housing and several acres of open land that adjoin renovated tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and soccer fields. And the recent addition of the Holy Union School property adjacent to the campus opens up endless possibilities. As Dan Scheibe said to the Class of 1968 at Reunion in June, “A lot had changed since you were here as students 50 years ago, but a lot is still the same. We want LA always to feel familiar to you.” May that always be true for anyone who returns to the hillside after a time away.
Sheedy Hall meets its end, 2003. The Ansin Academic Building will rise on this spot.
Postscript What Joe writes in his opening paragraph is still so true: The Lawrence Academy campus today holds a sense of graceful, approachable familiarity. Through the centuries, the poised beauty of the school’s setting has been a constant, even in the midst of change. With the Country Day School property now part of Lawrence Academy’s future, the school’s footprint changes again. Still, the most recent changes described above all have to do with openness, access, and possibility — a welcoming, promising message we want the campus to communicate to those who know us well and those just getting to know us.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Quad, we are ready for Schoolhouse 4.0. As is well known in LA lore, the first two Schoolhouses succumbed to fires in successive centuries. The present Schoolhouse is functional, but its schoolishness has been attenuated over time. Our new plan for the Schoolhouse envisions the removal of the Student Lounge to allow for the construction of two symmetrical additions on either end of the building, housing a now-elevated, expanded science center and program. These prudent-yet-bold improvements will remind us that teaching and learning always remain at the center of the Academy.
Of course, there are more tangible, brick, mortar, and stone changes coming as well. Significant improvements to the Gray Building and the Schoolhouse will be this generation’s signature contribution to our campus landscape. The Gray Building plan will consolidate and expand the common, public spaces of the campus to include the dining hall, student center, and areas associated with the daily functions of school life. This “Community Commons” will be the beautiful, welcoming interior space to match the exterior presence of the Quad. With a gracious orientation open to both internal and external space, we will recognize each other and our environs warmly in the many passing and pausing moments of the day.
Please revisit the words and phrases at the beginning of this journal for finer illustrations of our visions. Most importantly, remember that the sense of thoughtful, personal connection and fidelity to the school’s essential spirit will abide in the changes we make and discover. Here’s an eternal truth: An educational setting doesn’t have much vitality or meaning without students at the center. For the present, we will fully explore the great vistas we have been granted, grounded in the legacy of the beautiful landscape we have inherited. – Dan Scheibe
FALL 2018 LAWRENCE ACADEMY 9
Lawrence Academy's annual alumni magazine.