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Build the Community Center

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The new Community Center for Athletics and Wellness will become the heart of Catlin Gabel, bringing together students, teachers and staff, parents and guardians, alumni, and extended family and friends. 

A Big win for athletics

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Our venues have not kept pace with the needs of our student-athletes; they are being used morning and night to meet demand. This new Community Center will be a game-changer for the school and every student who participates in varsity, JV, or JV2 sports.

Within this 33,000 square-foot facility, there will be a state-of-the-art gym, locker rooms, and coaching offices, as well as spaces for team meetings, fitness training, and concessions. The gym floor will accommodate 1,000-plus spectators for sporting events, bringing families and visitors alike to the campus. And it will help us remain competitive in attracting the best coaches and student-athletes to the school. This new venue will also allow our longstanding no-cut policy to remain in place and accommodate future enrollment growth. 

A Gathering Place for All

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Our current facilities limit our connections with one another. All-school gatherings only take place at the beginning and end of year when the weather is warm enough to do so. This community should have a place where we can listen, learn, and celebrate together and where big and small moments can be recognized across all constituent groups and ages.

This Community Center can be reconfigured to accommodate 1,700 people for gatherings, bringing together families and visitors, alumni and friends. It will expand opportunities for broader community access and offerings, opening our doors in ways that support our desire to be a good neighbor, collaborator, and Portland citizen. 

A Haven for Wellness

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The research is resoundingly clear: school wellness programs improve health outcomes, reduce high-risk behaviors, and enhance academic performance. A new Community Center allows Catlin Gabel to introduce a more comprehensive suite of wellness programs across the divisions.

There will be multi-use learning spaces for teaching wellness, life skills, and self care to inspire healthy decision-making, as well as spaces for exercise and movement—from yoga and dance to meditation. The exterior of the building will feature terraces and seating to provide areas for outdoor learning, small-scale gatherings, and quiet contemplation. Taken together, this Community Center will be an extraordinary setting in which to reset minds and bodies.

Campaign Stories

Portrait of Mark and Ingeborg Holliday in front of the Catlin Gabel Upper School Quad

Reflecting back on their Catlin Gabel journey, Mark and Ingeborg Holliday are grateful for the community of teachers, parents, and alumni.

Sprinting Forward

Juma says he thrived at Catlin Gabel because the focus was on him as a complete human being.