US raises $108 million to support faculty, students

Offering tangible evidence of the value that alumni and parents place on a University School education and the teachers who deliver it, the school announced that its recently concluded capital campaign raised more than $108 million.

“Early in our outreach, we met one-on-one with more than 300 alumni and parents to find out what they value most about University School,” said campaign chair Henry Meyer III ’68.

“The answer by far was the faculty and the impact they have on transforming boys’ lives. Because they are the heart and soul of a University School education, it is essential that we continue to attract and retain outstanding teachers and provide the tools and environment that allow them to be their very best.”

Faculty and students are already reaping the benefits of the We Are US! campaign through resulting investments in academic and research facilities; interactive technology; research, entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities for students; expanded financial aid and scholarships; enhanced compensation and professional development programs for faculty; upgraded athletic facilities and more.

The multi-year campaign total represents the largest amount ever raised by an independent day school in the Midwest and ranks in the top five among independent day schools nationwide.

The single largest component is a new $27 million academic wing on the Hunting Valley campus, which was fully funded before ground was broken. The 52,000-square-foot facility includes more than 10,000 square feet devoted to science and research, including labs for physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science; 10,000 square feet for hands-on learning, including a robotics and rocketry lab and two computer-aided design classrooms; and academic space devoted to the humanities, including 27 classrooms for English, history, math and language.

In addition, extensive renovation of the original classroom building now provides for state-of-the-art facilities for the visual and performing arts.

With an additional investment of $1.25 million in faculty compensation in response to increased gifts to the annual fund, US has become the compensation leader among independent schools in Northeast Ohio. Campaign funds also supported more than 100 faculty professional development experiences in over 60 cities in 11 countries on six continents.

To help ensure accessibility to a US education for the region’s most promising boys without regard to their family circumstances, the school also doubled the amount of financial aid available to students, including the addition of 17 full-tuition scholarships.
 

Campaign Timeline Marks Important Moments

List of 12 items.

  • 2005

    SEPTEMBER
    Stephen Murray becomes 7th headmaster of University School.
  • 2006

    JANUARY
    Strategic planning process begins.
  • 2007

    JUNE
    Board adopts new strategic plan.
     
    JULY
    Planning phase of Campaign begins. Campaign counting begins.
     
    SEPTEMBER
    US selects Centerbrook Architects, who begin workshops with faculty, students, alumni, and Trustees in preparation for construction of a new academic wing at the Hunting Valley campus.
     
    OCTOBER
    US announces establishment of the W. Hayden Thompson ’45 Endowed Chair for Exceptional Faculty Leadership.
  • 2008

    JUNE
    Annual Fund crosses $2 million mark. 
    Campaign crosses $4 million mark.
     
    OCTOBER
    The Campaign Planning Committee, chaired by Trustee Peter Adams ’57, meets in San Francisco the same week of the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy filing which played a major role in the 2008 global financial crisis. This climate forced the committee to focus on improving compensation through increased gifts to the Annual Fund. The committee also revised the original $52 million Hunting Valley campus renovation and redirected its efforts toward building a phenomenal, brand new wing at a fraction of the time and cost. The comprehensive campaign goal was set at $75 million.

    NOVEMBER
    The Board meets in New York City for the first time.
     
    DECEMBER
    In its effort to nurture and care for an outstanding faculty, the US Board and Trustee Bill Oberndorf ’71 launched an Annual Fund Board Challenge to increase faculty salaries and encourage parent support. The Board prioritized giving the faculty what they needed to do their best work through improved teaching spaces and increased compensation and professional development opportunities.
  • 2009

    JUNE
    Annual Fund realizes its largest increase in the history of the school, an amazing accomplishment during the height of the economic downturn.
     
    JULY
    Campaign crosses $9 million.
     
    NOVEMBER
    Trustee William Osborne ’47 and his family celebrate the re-opening of the Osborne Family Woodshop at the Shaker campus. Bill provided funding to renovate the woodshop, converting it into a state-of-the-art facility.
  • 2010

    FEBRUARY
    $4 million gift from James W. Williamson ‘34
     
    JUNE
    Annual Fund crosses $2.5 million mark.
    Inaugural 1890 Society induction for lifetime donors of $1 million or more.
    Campaign crosses $13.5 million mark.
     
    JULY
    Leadership phase of campaign begins.
     
    DECEMBER
    Richard A. Horvitz ’71 and family kick off the leadership phase with $2 million gift to celebrate Leonard C. Horvitz ’41 by naming the Board Room in his honor.
  • 2011

    MAY
    The Class of 1971 announces $10 million record-breaking reunion gift to build and name the upper commons in honor of George Enos '33.

    US breaks ground for the 50,000 square foot academic wing at the Hunting Valley campus. The Board would not break ground until the wing was 100% funded, the last commitment of which was signed for $25,000 the morning of the event. Much of the funding was secured through a Million-Dollar Challenge from a donor who offered to give the last $1 million if the School attained $26 million before putting a shovel in the ground. The Board required that all commitments to the campaign be in writing and signed. Because of that, University School enjoys a remarkable pledge fulfillment record.

    JUNE 
    Campaign crosses $43 million mark.
     
    AUGUST
    The new academic wing is named in honor of Thomas Temple Keeler ’39, who made a $13.5 million gift through the TLL Temple Foundation. This is the largest gift ever made to University School.
     
    NOVEMBER
    US forms a Campaign Leadership Committee, chaired by Trustee Henry Meyer ’68.

    DECEMBER
    $3.2 million gift from Victor M. Cannon, Sr. '19
  • 2012

    JUNE
    Campaign crosses $59 million mark.
    Board agrees to raise the working goal to $100 million.
     
    JULY
    The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education honors US for Overall Improvement in Educational Fundraising. US named the #1 school for fundraising in fiscal year 2012 among all independent day schools in the country.
     
    AUGUST
    The new academic wing opens for classes. The wing contains all science, humanities, language and math classrooms with collaborative faculty offices.

    Upper School administrative and college counseling offices open in the renovated spaced of the former humanities wing.
     
    SEPTEMBER
    US officially launches the public phase of the campaign at The Big Event with the announcement of $68 million raised, and a goal of $100 million. Several hundred people visited classes in the new academic wing and attended the launch party in the Class of ‘71 Upper Commons.
     
    NOVEMBER
    Dedication of Jack Herrick ’56 Squash Center.
    Dedication of Opatrny Family Conference Room.
    Dedication of Cornelia and Dick Matson ’53 Seminar Room.
     
    DECEMBER
    Dedication of the Marge and Dan Moore '59 Science Center, the result of a lead gift from Marge and Dan T. Moore III ’59.  
  • 2013

    MARCH
    Carole and Chris Page ’58 provide a $1 Million Challenge to finish funding for phase II construction.
     
    MAY
    New Hunting Valley entrance construction begins.

    Class of 1953 makes reunion gift of over $5 million.
     
    JUNE
    Campaign crosses $74 million mark.
     
    JULY
    The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education honors US for Overall Improvement in Educational Fundraising for the second year in a row.
     
    AUGUST
    The arts and music wings are opened in the renovated spaces of the former science and foreign language classrooms.

    The Tip & Margie Tippit Advancement and Marketing Suite opens in the renovated spaces of the former math and computer wing.
     
    SEPTEMBER
    The School year begins with three Oberndorf Scholars in attendance. US enhances its financial aid capabilities with a lead gift from the Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation, with the goal of making a US education available to the most promising young men throughout the area. Since then, the number of Scholars has grown to nine boys.
     
    OCTOBER
    Dedication of Carole and Chris Page ’58 Manual Arts Center, a new design and engineering hub allowing the school to reimagine its approach to the arts. The concept of boys as makers has always been a major part of the spaces at US’s Hough and Shaker campuses. The new center is now 10 times the size of the original space at Hunting Valley.
  • 2014

    APRIL
    Opening of the new Hunting Valley main entrance, a multi-story glass façade lobby that moves the main access into the school from the first floor to the second floor Class of ’71 Commons. Interestingly, the 1969 design of the campus called for a second story entrance and for a central meeting place on the second floor, which at that time was accomplished with an open-space library.
     
    JUNE
    Campaign crosses $85 million mark.
     
    JULY
    US receives The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Sustained Excellence in Fundraising award, the only independent day school in the country to be recognized.

    US receives The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Overall Performance in Philanthropy award.
     
    NOVEMBER
    San Francisco campaign launch
  • 2015

    APRIL
    Chicago campaign launch
    Boston campaign launch
     
    JUNE
    Long-time US employee Dan Dickson designs and builds the Marcia and Fred Floyd ’72 Family Dock, which extends the terrace area and gives students better access to Lake Kilroy for research.

    Byrnes Family Leadership Center dedication.

    Campaign crosses $98 million mark.
     
    JULY
    Parents Joe and Anne Juster establish the Murray Scholars with $2 million gift.
     
    SEPTEMBER
    US celebrates its 125th anniversary as Benjamin I. Rein becomes 8th headmaster of the school.
  • 2016

    MARCH
    Annual Fund establishes Make A Gift Day, raising $415,000 in 24 hours.
     
    JUNE
    Annual Fund crosses $3 million mark.
     
    SEPTEMBER
    US announces the conclusion of the campaign with a total of $108,050,436 raised. Nearly 6,000 donors contributed to the campaign over the course of nine years.

Jon Bridge, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement

You are a member of a community that has accomplished a tremendous amount. This acheivement places University School among only a handful of independent day schools nationwide whose communities have donated more than $100 million. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable feat.

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20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
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Phone: 216.321.8260

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2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
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University School serves 870 boys in grades K-12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.