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The Howard School Raises $14.3 Million, Opens Two New Buildings in Its Historic Opening Doors Capital Campaign
The Howard School Raises $14.3 Million, Opens Two New Buildings in Its Historic Opening Doors Capital Campaign

The Howard School in Atlanta raised $14.3 million toward its Opening Doors Capital Campaign, the largest comprehensive fundraising effort in the school's 70-year history. The two capital projects included in the campaign—a new High School Building (Young High School), and a new Student Center/Multipurpose Building (Marifred Cilella Student Center) have been completed and officially opened for use on January 13, 2020.

"The transformative effect The Howard School has on students, their futures, and that of their families is the reason we embarked on this campaign. The generosity of our community has enabled us to open our doors to as many children with language-based learning differences as possible," Howard's Head of School Marifred Cilella said.

The new 36,000-square-foot Young High School is filled with an abundance of natural light and state-of-the-art classroom spaces. A design Center, maker space, and multiple art and music rooms support the multi-sensory component of learning. And, for the first time, Howard School students and teachers are enjoying full lunch service through a partnership with SAGE Dining Services in the new 9,000-square-foot Marifred Cilella Student Center. A second road to campus at Huff Road and Booth Street—will provide easier access for Howard parents and students.

"This is an exciting time in the life of The Howard School. As an alumni parent of a member of Howard's Class of 2018, I have experienced firsthand the positive impact the school has on students and their families," Howard School Board Chair Steve Young said. "We are incredibly grateful to every member of our school community, community friends of the school, and foundations who have brought us to success in the campaign." Young is Vice President of General Wholesale Company and, along with his wife, Jena, is a Co-Founder of the Rise Scholarship Foundation.

The new spaces were designed by Brian Dempsey (Principal) and Elizabeth Oliver (Project Manager) at Freespace. Construction management was handled by Darden Company, and general contracting by Hodges & Hicks General Contractors, with oversight by Kevin Kern, President of Grove Street Partners, LLC. Kern is also a Howard School Board Member and serves as Chair of the School's Buildings & Grounds Committee.