The Heritage Center

Heritage School celebrates opening of new gym

by Staff Reports

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The Heritage School recently held a grand opening ceremony for its new 850-seat gymnasium, The Heritage Center.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the board of trustees of The Heritage School recently celebrated the successful end of the Across the Generations capital campaign with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the school’s new 850-seat gymnasium, dubbed The Heritage Center.

Heritage School welcomed parents, grandparents, members of the community and former heads of school and board members to campus in honor of the grand opening event.

“In the span of 16 months, we kicked off the campaign and exceeded our $3.8 million goal,” said Jennifer Thomasson, the school’s director of development. “All building construction was completed without even a construction loan, and 94 percent of all gifts and pledges have been collected.”

Thomasson gave much of the credit for the campaign’s success to board of trustees and campaign chair Otis Jones, III. A plaque was presented to Jones at the ceremony in appreciation of his effort on behalf of the school.

Jones, who received a standing ovation from the crowd, thanked those who contributed to the capital campaign.

“I want to especially thank all of you who believe in the mission of The Heritage School and were willing to commit to helping us make our dreams a reality,” Jones said before introducing the new Head of School, J.P. Watson.

“Without all of the hard work from volunteers in the previous 43 years of the school’s history, today’s success would not be possible,” Watson said. “It is from generation to generation that institutions like The Heritage School are built and go on to become an important part of the community.”

Watson asked students to stand if their grandparents, parents, cousins, or any other family member had been involved in the school during the first ten years of its existence. As students responded, Watson turned to the crowd of visitors and asked them to stand if they had been involved with the school in its first 10 years. 

Watson also spoke of the great opportunity The Heritage School has to demonstrate “what education should be.”

All Heritage School students, PK through 12th grade, attended the program. Several students participated in the celebration, including Will Duke, the upper school’s Student Government Association president, opened the program with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Candler Rich of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team member concluded the program with a prayer. 

The celebration culminated with the school’s annual Middle School intramural basketball championship game following an a cappella rendition of the National Anthem performed by student Isa Gutierrez.


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