Welcoming the PDS Athletic Center with a Community Celebration

Thirteen months after its official opening, the Princeton Day School Athletic Center was unveiled to the PDS community during an in-person celebration on Friday evening, November 5, 2021. 

The energy was electric as hundreds of parents, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff toured the 30,000-plus-square-foot LEED-certified building. Before entering through the Ron Tola lobby, guests were greeted by members of the Advancement team and given PDS-branded masks to wear while indoors. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages circulated the rooms as new and old friends admired the beautifully illuminated Field House as well as the sleek Lisa McGraw ’44 Ice Rink and four glass-enclosed squash courts from the Linville Lobby. For those who chose to enjoy the expansive view of the exterior, outdoor heaters and the famous Tapt Truck were waiting to warm guests.

We are a stronger school for both the addition of this beautiful facility and for having met and overcome the many trials and challenges of the last 20 months.

Head of School Paul J. Stellato greeted guests as they arrived, then addressed the crowd directly, praising the power of the PDS community through the COVID-19 pandemic, the THRIVE! Campaign and more. Reflecting on the success of the event, Mr. Stellato stated, “While Friday night's gathering brought us together to toast the opening of the Princeton Day School Athletic Center, it also afforded a rich opportunity to celebrate our community's collective success and strength. We are a stronger school for both the addition of this beautiful facility and for having met and overcome the many trials and challenges of the last 20 months. In every way, our school community's immense pride was the star of the evening.”


Please enjoy this Flickr album from the evening, which will be updated throughout the week, and thank you to all who attended such a special and important evening.

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