Happy 50th Anniversary, HV!

Information from Hail, University! A Century of University School Life, by Richard A. Hawley.

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    • In 1965, Trustee George Enos '33 donated 50 acres of Hunting Valley woodlands to the school and a $5 million campaign was begun to fund the construction. The Trustees purchased two additional parcels of land to complete the campus.

    • It was decided that May 1, 1970, should be the day to move everything from Shaker to the new campus. Since it had been 44 years since the school had last moved, a considerable amount of material had to be sorted, saved or disposed of, packed, moved and unpacked. Although some said it was not possible, 150 student volunteers, working in teams supervised by faculty members, proved them wrong. Pictured: Headmaster McKinley and his team in the new study center.

    • One of the proposed themes of the campus was "boy space." The greatest single expanse of boy space was a downstairs concourse, massive and relatively unfurnished -- but for a carpeted seating sculpture casually and forever dubbed "monkey island."

    • Sandy Mills ’34, chairman of Major Gifts Division, Sam Scovil ’41, trustee, and Gene Kinder ’34, trustee, review the map of the East Campus at the kick-off dinner.

    • The dining hall overlooks Lake Kilroy, a four-acre, U-shaped lake created by damming a spring-fed stream.

    • The design for the front entrance in 1970 included a never-built staircase (far right) to the second floor.

    • On May 4, 1970, almost 300 upper school students and faculty gathered for their first day of classes on the new "East Campus."

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216-831-2200
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