Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Recent Accomplishments

Wallach, Cardigan Mountain School's center for applied engineering, innovative design, and creative arts

It is humbling to contemplate the improvements that these efforts have brought to Cardigan. We see the positive impact on Cardigan’s program reflected in physical changes to our facilities and remarkable progress in building financial sustainability. New gifts to endowment are already providing long-term support for facilities maintenance and strategic priorities such as financial aid, academic programs, and professional development.

Watch: The Boys are Learning in Wallach!

Wallach opened for the 2020-21 Academic Year. Arts Department Chair Nina Silitch, Gates Program Director Eric Escalante, and woodworking teacher John Burritt show us around the new learning spaces in Wallach, Cardigan’s hub of Innovative Design, Applied Engineering, and Creative Arts.

Campbell Field

Campbell Field

Completed in fall 2022, Campbell Field will permit practice and play earlier in the spring season than any of Cardigan’s other fields and provide much-needed outdoor activity space throughout the year.

Campbell Field is located in the formerly vacant field near the intersection of Back Bay Road and Prospect Hill Road, and adjacent to the Williams Fields. The new field will increase the number of soccer and lacrosse fields on campus, but most importantly will permit practice and play much earlier in the spring season than any of Cardigan’s other fields. This lighted space will also provide much-needed outdoor space for activities of all kinds during the spring.

The completion of Campbell Field marks a step forward in reaching the goals set forth in Cardigan’s Athletic Master Plan and The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2032. Working in partnership with Stantec, a leading sports facility consulting firm from Boston, and Pathways Engineering, Cardigan’s long-time civil engineering partner from Lebanon, New Hampshire, Campbell Field was built by R.A.D. Sports of Rockland, Massachusetts.

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Snow & Bike Center

The "SBC" includes athlete and coach locker rooms, a large workshop for ski and bike tuning and maintenance, and a dedicated space for video analysis.

For a growing number of Cardigan student-athletes, our new Snow and Bike Center ("SBC") has become an important stop on their way to their outdoor adventures. This past fall, the 39 members of Cardigan’s four mountain biking teams called the center home, while this winter 76 skiers and snowboarders visited every day to change their clothes and grab their gear before heading out to the trails. 
 
The recently renovated facility includes athlete and coach locker rooms, a large workshop for ski and bike tuning and maintenance, and a dedicated space for video analysis where coaches and student-athletes can review video footage and discuss technique. 

It’s an exciting and busy space that provides coaches with all the tools they need to help each boy develop his potential and continue to grow Cardigan’s mountain biking and snowsports programs. The completion of the SBC marks a step forward in reaching the goals set forth in Cardigan’s Athletic Master Plan and The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2032.

 

Accomplishments: Strategic Priorities

Endowment for Financial Aid

Builds a qualified, diverse community so we can grow and learn from each other 

Builds a qualified, diverse community so we can grow and learn from each other 

Endowment for Faculty Excellence

Promotes the professional development of Cardigan’s life-long adult learners

Promotes the professional development of Cardigan’s life-long adult learners

Endowment for Facilities

Long-term care for shared spaces where student and faculty live, play, and learn

Long-term care for shared spaces where student and faculty live, play, and learn

Endowment for Program

Develops global citizens through innovative courses and relevant experiences

Develops global citizens through innovative courses and relevant experiences

Cardigan student in Chapel dress speaks before the student body at the waterfront

Enables Cardigan to apply 
gifts to those priorities that
best support the community

Enables Cardigan to apply 
gifts to those priorities that
best support the community

Operating Support

Direct impact on campus life and daily needs of students, faculty, and staff

Direct impact on campus life and daily needs of students, faculty, and staff

The remarkable accomplishments of The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 have placed our school in a position of strength. As we look ahead to the School’s 75th anniversary and beyond, we remain committed to achieving the ideals set out by our shared mission and core values. I am inspired to lead this community as we all strive to grow as exceptional educators and citizens.

Head of School Chris Day P'12,P'13

Accomplishments: Capital Projects

The exterior of the Charles C. Gates I.D.E.A. Shop at Cardigan Mountain School

Reflecting a priority that dates to the School’s founding, this project combined workspaces for hands-on learning.

Reflecting a priority that dates to the School’s founding, this project combined workspaces for hands-on learning. Cardigan’s woodshop was relocated and positioned alongside dedicated space for entrepreneurial project building under the Gates program.

The exterior of the Cardigan C.O.R.E. cabin, as seen from across the lake during foliage season

This project converted a lakeside facility into a base camp for the Cardigan Outdoor Recreation Expeditions program.

Learning from our environment is part of the Cardigan Way. Designed to support the new Cardigan Outdoor Recreation Expeditions (C.O.R.E.) summer program, this project focused on renovating a lakeside facility to function as a base camp.

Exterior of Pearson House, which provides two Cardigan faculty residences

Focused on a long-term objective of supporting residential life, Cardigan converted space into two faculty residences.

Focused on a long-term objective of supporting residential life for faculty and students, Cardigan converted space into two faculty residences.

Exterior of the Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center

Incredible fitness room, wrestling room, women’s locker room, meeting space, and athletic training room. 

Thoughtful repurposing and enhancement of existing facilities supports Cardigan’s athletic programming. The project improved wrestling, fitness, women’s and men’s locker rooms, athletic training, and office/meeting space.

Cardigan Commons in the early morning light with Mount Cardigan in the background

A 350-seat dining hall with sweeping views of Mount Cardigan is at the heart of this transformational addition to community life. 

 

Cardigan Commons (2013)

Project Support: $14.4M

A 350-seat dining hall with sweeping views of Mount Cardigan is at the heart of this transformational addition to community life. New gathering spaces also include a student center, school store, mail center, class and meeting rooms, and more.

Front doors of Marrion Athletic Center in the winter

Enhancements to this existing facility included the expansion and renovation of the locker rooms.

Thoughtful repurposing and enhancement of existing facilities supports Cardigan’s athletic programming. The project improved wrestling, fitness, women’s and men’s locker rooms, athletic training, and office/meeting space.

Exterior of Hayward Hall in the fall foliage after a 2014 renovation

One of Cardigan’s first structures, this project removed the School’s original kitchen and created a modern dormitory.

 

Hayward Hall (2014)

Project Support: $4.3M

Reimagining one of Cardigan’s first purpose-built structures, this project removed the School’s original kitchen and dining hall and created modern dormitory and common space. Bricks from Hayward’s 1954 construction were reincorporated, an affectionate nod to the building’s origins.

The exterior of Clark-Morgan Hall at sunset, after a renovation in 2015

Renovation of this iconic building included student rooms, faculty apartments, and the Admission Office–the first stop for new families.

 

Project Support: $4.1M

This renovation reimagined our oldest building for a new era, improving student rooms and two faculty apartments. Updates to Admissions space and a new Summer Session office also support key Cardigan staff and programs.

The exterior of McCusker Hall and the Marrion Field Scoreboard at sunset

This new thoughtfully-designed dormitory includes four faculty residences and housing for 26 students.

 

Project Support: $4.8M
 
Thoughtfully-designed living space fosters the close relationships that are a critical part of the Cardigan experience. Located near Marrion Field, this new dormitory includes four faculty residences and housing for 26 students.

Cardigan students working in Cardigan's new Bronfman Science Center

The Bronfman Science Center centralizes, expands, and updates resources for the science department.

The Bronfman Science Center centralizes, expands, and updates resources for the science department.

An artist's rendering of the new Academic Quad and the path to Cardigan Commons

Connects Cardigan Commons to the academic center of campus, creating opportunities for impromptu collaborative experiences.

Connects Cardigan Commons to the academic center of campus, creating opportunities for impromptu collaborative experiences.

The front facade of Wallach, Cardigan's new center for innovative design, applied engineering and creative arts

Wallach is Cardigan's new hub for experiential learning innovative design, applied engineering and creative arts.

Wallach is Cardigan's new hub for experiential learning innovative design, applied engineering and creative arts.

How can we help you?


For more information about The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 and the Academic Quad Project, please contact:

Sandra Hollingsworth
Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts and
The Campaign for Cardigan 2020

shollingsworth@cardigan.org
603.523.3745

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2032 identifies four action areas that prioritize people and programs:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Health & Wellness
  • Program & Curriculum
  • Finance

Strategic Plan

How can we help you?


Joe Burnett '95 P’25
Director of Development and International Relations
jburnett@cardigan.org
603.523.3838

Patricia Butterfield
Associate Director of Development
pbutterfield@cardigan.org
603.523.3571

Sandra Hollingsworth
Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts
shollingsworth@cardigan.org
603.523.3745

Jeremiah Shipman '00
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
jshipman@cardigan.org
603.523.3601