On May 29, Dana Hall School officially broke ground on the Turf Field Project, with a ceremony that acknowledged the importance of the project and the generosity of the donors who made it possible to turn a vision into action.
“We’re making a strong statement—right here on Grove Street, for all to see—that Dana Hall is a school that takes athletics seriously,” said Head of School Katherine Bradley. “And I can say with certainty that this turf field will benefit all students, not just the ones who wear the cleats and mouth guards. Sports are community builders, especially in a school setting. They allow us to express spirit and pride. As we work to support a unified Dana community, sports will continue to play a critical role.”
The Turf Field Project is directly tied to the aspirations of the Vision 2025 strategic plan, fulfilling many of the ambitions laid out in Vision 2025’s five themes. The field will provide student-athletes the space and place to be both competitive and collaborative, while reaffirming the School’s commitment to attracting and retaining students with an interest in competitive sports.
At the ceremony, Bradley announced that the spectator sideline of the new turf field will be named the Suby Sideline, in honor of outgoing Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness John Suby, who will retire at the end of the school year. “As he has throughout his tenure at Dana Hall, John has been an advocate for the turf field, bringing his usual brand of enthusiasm and passion to this project,” said Bradley. “Whether he was advancing our renowned Health and Wellness curriculum, encouraging excellence in our student athletes, or growing school spirit through his work with the Crew and the Boosters, John has been a tireless cheerleader for Dana Hall.”
The project includes moving Middle Road approximately 80 feet to the left to make room for the field, and creating a new stone wall entryway that will serve as the official entrance to the School. Parents of the Class of 2019 raised funds to support this part of the project. Work will continue throughout the summer so the field will be available for play at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."