Tomorrow Begins Today


“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 46-year history.

Tomorrow Begins Today

Get Involved

“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 46-year history.

Tomorrow Begins Today


Your gift to this campaign is not only an investment in Maclay, but also an investment in our community.


Tomorrow Begins Today


“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 46-year history.

Tomorrow Begins Today


“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 46-year history.

Tomorrow Begins Today


“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 46-year history.

Since our founding in 1968, the one hundred acres that make up the campus of Maclay School have undergone a dramatic transformation. Initially composed of just one building (the current Lower School/Administration building) the campus has been transformed over the years into a vibrant institution of 14 buildings, numerous athletic fields and over 900 students. This growth over the past 40+ years is due to capital improvements and fundraising campaigns supported by generous donors like you.

Now in our 46th year, Maclay School has reached a pivotal juncture. In the spring of 2011, the school’s Board of Trustees approved a far-reaching strategic plan that outlined multiple capital needs that the school faces in upcoming years.

The Board has identified the most pressing needs and agrees that the successful completion of these projects will affect the future of the school, with long-term repercussions on enrollment, retention, and the school’s ability to educate students in the competitive, rapidly changing realm of current education.

Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012

We are Halfway through Phase I of a Capital Campaign that will cast the vision for the next 20 years of Maclay School.


Karen Unger and Charlie Dudley headshotsSince the founding of our school in 1968, the one hundred acres that make up the campus of Maclay School have undergone a dramatic and stunning transformation. Initially composed of just the current Lower School/Administration building, the campus has grown and developed over the years into a vibrant institution including 14 buildings, numerous athletic fields, and over 900 students. This tremendous growth over the past forty years is the direct result of capital improvements and fundraising campaigns supported by generous friends and families like you. Maclay School's development thus far consists of the following:

  • 1967 - Lower School/Administration Building
  • 1972 - Cartee Gymnasium & Dining Hall
  • 1973 - McKenzie Center
  • 1985 - Dining Hall
  • 1989 - Jacob C. Belin Middle School
  • 1996 - Erica Davey Upper School
  • 1996 - Marian Lawton Langford Library
  • 2004 - Robert C. Webster, Jr., Gymnasium & Convocation Center
  • 2011 - Pre-Kindergarten Complex
  • 2013- William W. Jablon Lower School Building (remodel)
  • 2014 - Peipers Field House

Now in our 47th year, Maclay School has reached a pivotal juncture as we look ahead. In the spring of 2011, the school's Board of Trustees approved a broad-based and far-reaching strategic plan that encompassed multiple capital improvements that are necessary to advance Maclay School's commitment to excellence for our students. These capital improvements to our campus will undoubtedly have positive long-term repercussions on enrollment, retention, and the school's ability to educate students in the competitive, rapidly changing realm of current education.
The areas of need identified in the strategic plan included:

  • A new pre-kindergarten facility (completed in Fall 2011)
  • Lower School/Administration Building
  • Athletic Field House
  • Paving of the Campus Perimeter Road (completed December 2012)
  • Science Center
  • Fine Arts Center
  • Third Set of Tennis Courts
  • Open-Air Pavilion
  • The location of necessary infrastructure including roads, sidewalks, and drainage facilities

We are delighted that Phase I of this Capital Campaign that will cast the vision for the next 20 years of Maclay School. The first exciting phase of the campaign will cover the most critical and timely projects of the strategic plan: a new Lower School/Administration Building, the Field House and other athletic improvements, improvements to our fine arts program, and paving of the campus perimeter road.

In order for this campaign to be a success, we need all hands on deck. We are calling on all Maclay families, friends, alumni, and the greater Tallahassee community to invest in the future of our school and our students. This investment will be repaid in full by the world class quality education our students receive, and what they in turn will bring back to our community in the years and generations to come. We humbly ask for your support and participation in this exciting new endeavor as we work to advance Maclay into a bold and bright new phase.


Karen Unger and Charlie Dudley
Co-Chairs, Maclay Capital Campaign

proposed master plan


William W. Jablon Lower School — $2,750,000

For over 40 years, the lower school/administration structure has housed generations of Maclay students. Our main building, which is so often associated with the heart and soul of the school, underwent a total renovation beginning in April 2013. Classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and offices were completely refurbished from floor to ceiling along with a new roof, lighting, heating and air systems for the entire building. Our special areas labs — science, foreign language, art, and technology — were updated with state-of-the-art components to enhance the educational opportunities and experiences for all of our lower school students. A brand new facade with a clock tower complemented by new landscaping, fencing, outdoor lighting, and traffic pattern. This renovation is beyond a facelift. It is a complete exterior and interior transformation of the building which serves as the formal gateway to the Maclay campus.

Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012

Lower School Naming Opportunities

Clock Tower $250,000  
Adminstrative Offices/Foyer $100,000  
Commons Area $100,000  
Courtyard $100,000  
Kindergarten- 2nd Grade Wing $50,000 x
3rd-5th Grade Wing $50,000 x
Foreign Language Lab $50,000 x
Art Lab $50,000 x
Technology Lab $50,000  
Science Lab $50,000 x
Benches (12 available) $6,000 x
Pavers $1,000  

x = reserved

Athletics — $1,000,000

Maclay has a proud tradition as an athletic powerhouse earning 35 state titles and numerous Florida Program of the Year honors. Nearly all of Maclay students in grades 6-12 participate in one of our 57 athletic teams during the school year. Completed in Spring 2014, the 8,000 square-foot Peipers field house will serve as the primary hub for 27 teams that compete in football, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, cross-country, and track. It will include public restrooms, offices, locker rooms, athletic team storage, training facilities, as well as concessions. In addition, Capital Campaign funds raised will purchase new lights for Frank Shaw Field and additional bleachers for visitors.

Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012

Athletics Naming Opportunites

Name the Field House $500,000 x
Weight Room $100,000  
Boys Varsity Locker Room $75,000  
Girls Varsity Locker Room $75,000  
Concessions $50,000 x
Coaches Office $25,000 x
Asst. Athletic Director's Office $25,000  
Conference Room $25,000  
Trainer's Room $25,000 x
Bleachers at Frank Shaw Field (4 available) $50,000  

x = reserved

Fine Arts — $125,000

Fine Arts Cabaret imageThe momentum of Fine Arts improvements continues with plans to expand the renovations to the Cartee Stage which will include lighting and sound as well as major Black Box improvements to make it more conducive to smaller performances. Funds raised in the Capital Campaign will also go to purchase kilns, sinks, tables, and frames in the art labs. The Maclay music department which offers band for 5th grade, middle, and upper school along with the jazz ensemble, string orchestra, chorus, and the glee club will also purchase an expansive new line of instruments for our musicians.

  • Cartee Stage renovation with new lighting and sound $50,000 (completed)
  • Visual Arts Improvements $5000 (LS kiln, sinks, tables, frames)
  • Instrumental Improvements $40,000 (timpani drum set, oboes, baritones, saxophones, marimba)
  • Black Box Theatre Renovations $30,000

Perimeter Road — $125,000

Perimeter Road imageWork has begun on the perimeter road paving making a significant improvement to our Maclay campus. Thousands of visitors, students, faculty, and friends now have a much more pleasant drive when traveling through Maclay.

How to get involved

Getting Involved Is Easy!

To continue to build upon our community of excellence, Maclay School must expand and improve its facilities and resources. Tuition dollars support the curriculum, but tuition does not construct new buildings. Since 1968, members of our school community have given generously, over and above tuition, to build the school that we enjoy today. Now it is our turn to pay it forward and honor the commitment of those who have gone before us with Tomorrow Begins Today: Maclay Campaign.

Attend a campaign information session or cottage meeting:

  • Additional sessions coming soon

If you would like to attend an information session or have any other questions about the campaign, please contact the Advancement Office at (850)893-8465 ext 230 or

Support the campaign financially with:

  • Checks
  • Pledges (Gift spread over 3 years)
  • Gifts of publicly traded securities
  • Gifts of real and personal property
  • A paid up life insurance policy
  • Any of the regularly recognized charitable gift planning vehicles (CRT, Trust, Annuity, etc.)

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs that will match charitable contributions made by their employees. This is a great way for you to double or triple your gift and make an even bigger impact on Maclay. Please contact your employer or call the Advancement office if you have any questions regarding the Matching Gift Program.

Be an advocate for the school:

  • Understand the mission and values of the school
  • Introduce new people to Maclay and build relationships within the community
  • Participate on school committees such as a campaign committee
  • Host a campaign event
  • Encourage involvement from corporate partners

For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at (850)893-8465 or Carri Smith, Maclay Advancement Director at


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Update: November 5, 2014

Download our Capital Campaign brochure!

Update: August 5, 2014

The Peipers field house was completed in May 2014 and has been a hub of activity all summer. Athletes from a variety of Marauder teams are enjoying training in the new, larger weight room and coaches are settling into their new offices. The field house was named in memory of David H. Peipers, father of Andrew Peipers '16 and husband of Ann Smith Peipers '77 and made possible through a generous contribution from his family.

We are currently 18 months into our 3-year campaign and have contributions and pledges totaling $2.52 million. The overall campaign goal is $4 million and to reach that goal we need everyone's contribution. Please consider making a contribution in any amount and help us insure a bright future for our students.

Update: October 12, 2013

On Saturday, October 12, Maclay held the inaugural Rowdy Rauder Adventure Challenge that brought out 45 teams to compete and lots of guests to our campus.  More importantly, we officially opened and dedicated the new Lower School.  Many former board members and friends of the Maclay community joined current faculty, staff, board members and supporters for the ribbon cutting.

The Board of Trustees also surprised Mr. Jablon with the announcement that the building will hereafter be known as the William W. Jablon Lower School, a befitting recognition of his lifetime of dedicated service to the students and employees of Maclay School.  It is difficult to imagine the lower school building without Mr. Jablon's presence, and we have now assured that will never be the case.

Update: October 7, 2013

Construction has begun on the new athletic field house. Site preparations are being made, the road is being reworked and the parking lot reconfigured. The estimated time of completion is late January/early February.

Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012

Update: April 29, 2013

We are excited to announce we have received a $500,000 anonymous gift plus another $100,000 towards the construction of the new Athletics Field House which will be the primary hub for 27 sports teams as well as a concession stand, restrooms, and weightlifting facility. We are halfway to our goal of $2 million!

new wallsWalls are going up for the new classrooms!

students surveying the new siteConstruction has begun with the demolition the "kindergarten porch" which will be replaced by two new modern classrooms. Pre-K students took the opportunity to take a tour while looking at shapes, materials, and designs as part of a lesson. Concrete and masonry work will begin this week.

Thank You to Our Supporters

  • Mr. and Mrs. Toyin B. Adeshina
  • Mr. Tony Allen
  • Ms. Christine Allen
  • Anonymous
  • Mr. and Mrs. Blair Bailey
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Bailey III
  • Mr. and Mrs. Travis S. Barnes, Jr.
  • Bascom Communications & Consulting, LLC
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bascom
  • Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bauserman
  • Ms. Tiffany Beavers
  • Dr. David Bellamy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Derek K. Bethke
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ben Betts III
  • Dr. and Mrs. Vivalkumar Bhanderi
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  • Dr. and Mrs. H. Logan Brooks
  • Mr. and Mrs. Junious D. Brown
  • Mr. Allen R. Burch and Dr. Heather K. Burch
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  • Cardiology and Internal Medicine
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Carnes
  • Mr. Ken Cashin
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  • Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Dimitri-DaSilva
  • Mr. Fred R. Dudley
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  • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher F. Dudley
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  • Mrs. Elizabeth Dunton
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  • Firman Fund
  • Florida Healthy Kids Corporation
  • Mr. Kevin Wall and Ms. Lisa Freeze
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  • Mr. and Mrs. Mason A. Goldsmith, Jr.
  • Mrs. Bettie Jane Grant
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  • The Huisking Foundation, Inc.
  • Ms. Gannon Hunt
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gary K. Hunter, Jr.
  • Mrs. Tina Hunter
  • Dr. and Mrs. Hank L. Hutchinson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Jablon
  • Mr. and Mrs. Daryll E. Joyner
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  • Ms. Suzanne H. Kirby
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  • Mr. and Mrs. John T. LaVia, III
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  • Mr. Jun Lu and Mrs. Yan Xin
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  • Mr. and Mrs. Emory L. Mayfield
  • Mr. and Mrs. Emory Mayfield, Jr.
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  • Dr. Daniel Mears and Dr. Emily Leventhal
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  • Dr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Perkins
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  • Mrs. Peggy E. Post
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  • Residential Elevators, Inc.
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  • Ms. Sandra S. Roberts
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  • Ms. Clarice M. Secreast
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  • Mrs. Eldonna Steffen
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  • Mrs. Robert C. Webster, Jr.
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  • Mrs. Katherine J. Willis
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  • Mr. and Mrs. Mayo M. Woodward


Why are we having a capital campaign?
When the Maclay Board of Trustees developed the long range Strategic Plan in 2010-2011, they identified needs that could not be met through our annual operating budget. This Capital Campaign will help to implement the plan and fulfill the needs of our school.
What will the campaign cover?
  • A new Lower School/Administration Building
  • Athletics (field house/concession stand, lights for Frank Shaw Field, additional bleachers)
  • Fine Arts (Cartee Stage renovation, visual arts improvements, instrumental enhancements, Black Box theatre improvements)
Who is managing Maclay’s capital campaign?
The campaign is being managed by a Committee under the leadership of Karen Unger and Charlie Dudley, campaign co-chairs.
Who is being asked to support the campaign?
The entire Maclay community will be asked to participate in the campaign. Because campaigns are conducted sequentially, some members of the Maclay family may not be contacted right away, but within a year everyone will have been invited to participate and support this important event in the School’s history. Making the school a philanthropic priority will insure the success of the campaign.
Why should I invest in Maclay? My children are no longer there.
Everything we enjoy at Maclay is the result of generous gifts from those who came before us; as they provided for you and your children or grandchildren, it is now our responsibility to provide for those who will follow. Your belief in Maclay’s mission was, in part, what led you to choose the School for your children. You now have the opportunity to reinforce that choice with a gift that reflects your continuing commitment to the goals and values that an Maclay School education represents. Your gift to this campaign is not only an investment in Maclay, but also an investment in our community.
Do other independent schools have capital campaigns?
Yes, capital campaigns are common for schools that, like Maclay, are dependent upon tuition income and charitable gifts.
Do you expect this campaign to have an effect on enrollment?
Though we opened the 2012-13 school year with a three-year high of 933 students, our Lower School continues to have room for growth. Our capacity of 360 students allows us room to grow an additional 75 students in Lower School. By making the building of the new Lower School a priority, we would expect a similar bump in enrollment that we have seen with the Pre-K. The larger Pre-K classes, on their own, will begin to matriculate into the lower school and increase those numbers.
How does this capital campaign affect The Maclay Fund?
Even during the capital campaign, the School’s annual operating expenses will continue to require the support of The Maclay Fund. Because tuition only covers a portion of the actual cost, The Maclay Fund is vitally important to the life of the School. The annual giving campaign will continue to be run separately from the capital campaign.
Will I be asked to give to The Maclay Fund next year, too?
How long is the pledge period for a capital campaign gift?
Pledges to the capital campaign may be paid over a 3 year period.
May I make a contribution in some form other than cash?
Certainly, gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, real estate, life insurance and charitable trusts will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Lauren Clary (850-893-8465 or, Maclay Giving Coordinator and she will be happy to assist you in planning one of these gifts.
How much should I pledge to the campaign?
Only you can decide how much to give. The pledge should be made based on your ability to give, your understanding of the need, and your belief in the mission of Maclay.
Why is a signed pledge card necessary?
A signed pledge card, or letter of intent, is needed to confirm and assure proper credit for each gift.
May I direct my gift toward a particular aspect of the campaign?
Although we’d prefer that your gift be unrestricted, there will be Named Gift Opportunities available. Please mention your interest to the campaign volunteer who provided you with these materials, or call Carri Smith (850-893-8465) in the Advancement Office for further assistance.
Will I be notified when the payments on my pledge are due?
Yes. Regular reminders will be sent to you based on intervals you specify when making your pledge.
We’d like our gift to be anonymous – is that possible?
All gifts will be listed in the annual gift report and those that are anonymous will be reflected accordingly.
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