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“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 47-year history.

Tomorrow Begins Today

Vision

“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 47-year history.

Tomorrow Begins Today

History

“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 47-year history.

Tomorrow Begins Today

Challenge 2015

“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 47-year history.

Finish & Fund

As we approach the second anniversary of the three-year Tomorrow Begins Today campaign, we sit in a unique position. We reflect back on our successes, not just the new buildings and structures, but the transition to a new head of school and a refreshed vision for the future. Just over $1.8 million is left to raise to finish the Tomorrow Begins Today campaign. Reaching this campaign goal will alleviate the debt service we are currently paying through the operational budget and enable us to continue to move forward and fund new innovative programs for the future.

Make a Difference – Meet the Challenge

A group of our tried and true supporters is coming together to create the Make a Difference – Meet the Challenge grant totaling $900,000. We are mobilizing the Maclay community by challenging our next generation of donors to make a difference, match their donations and meet the challenge. It will take gifts of all amounts to cross the finish line and raise the final $1.8 million goal by the end of the campaign in early 2016. Your gift will help us Meet the Challenge and play a vital role in making a difference in the future of Maclay School.

Step 1: Leadership Makes a Difference
Goal: $900,000 Challenge Grant Donations

When we set out on the capital campaign, we knew the expectations were high, but the results have been rewarding. Now it’s time to finish the race and raise the final $1.8 million. A group of our tried and true supporters are working to create the Make a Difference – Meet the Challenge grant totaling $900,000.

Step 2: Mobilizing the Maclay Community      
Goal: $900,000 Matching Donations

As the challenge grant is funded, we are reaching out to the entire Maclay community and mobilizing our next generation of donors to make a difference and match the challenge grant. Every Maclay family is encouraged to contribute at whatever level they are able and help us double our dollars. It will take gifts of all amounts to cross the finish line and raise the final $1.8 million goal by the end of the campaign in early 2016. Your gift will help us Meet the Challenge and play a vital role in making a difference in the future of Maclay School.      Possibly put a thermometer here showing how much of the matching donations have come in?

Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012
Maclay Campaign 2012

History

Since 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
Cartee Gym
Maclay Campaign 2015
Dining Hall Groundbreaking

Vision

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 (completed August 2013)
  • Athletic Field House (completed Spring 2014)
  • Paving of the Campus Perimeter Road (completed December 2012)

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.

Campaign Committee

  • Charlie Dudley and Karen Unger , Campaign co-chairs
  • James Milford, Head of School
  • Carri Smith,   Advancement Director
  • Katrina Rolle
  • Bill Jablon
  • Chris Diamantis
  • Emory Mayfield

Projects

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

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 serves as the primary hub for 27 teams that compete in football, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, cross-country, and track. It includes 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

Fine Arts — $125,000

Fine Arts Cabaret imageFocusing on Fine Arts at Maclay was a priority of this campaign. Extensive improvements have been made to the Cartee Stage including refinished floors, new curtains for the stage, new lighting and sound. Visual arts have benefitted from new kilns, frames and art supplies. Fine Arts at Maclay have been rejuvenated and we are seeing more students participate in drama, music, visual and literary arts.

Perimeter Road — $125,000

Perimeter Road imagePaving a large portion of the perimeter road has made 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. And yes Virginia, we hope to have the entire perimeter road paved in the next few years.