Trinity-Pawling Opens New Field House
The Trinity-Pawling School officially opened the newest addition to its campus with the unveiling of the Smith Field House. The new, multi-use athletic facility was made possible by philanthropists Marylynn and Bill Scully. The Smith Field House dedication ceremony took place on Friday, October 6.
With the completion of the year-long construction project, the Smith Field House is now the largest building on the Trinity-Pawling campus. The 20,000-square-foot facility comprises a gymnasium, two full basketball courts, an additional half court and workout area, locker rooms, a trophy case, and an Athletic Hall of Fame room that will house awards and school sports memorabilia. The building will not only serve as an athletic facility, but will also be used a student social center and gathering space.
The project included improvements to the connecting Hubbard Gym, which received new floors, shot clocks, backboards, and team benches. A new front entrance also grants direct, parking-lot accessibility. The facility also contains an elevator for handicapped access. The field house was named in honor of former Trinity-Pawling School Headmasters Archibald A. Smith and Phillips Smith.
The Smith Field House project was conceived in May of 2015. At a trustee dinner, Marlynn and Bill Scully announced that they would be donating $10 million towards the construction of the facility. Mr. Scully is a Trinity-Pawling alumnus (Class of 1957). The School has benefitted from generous contributions from the Scullys through the years resulting in the Scully Dining Hall and the Scully Scholars Program. The Scullys’ latest act of philanthropy would also come with a challenge. With their funding commitment, they issued an appeal to inspire other alumni, parents, and friends of Trinity-Pawling to donate generously and match the $10 million with donations to the school endowment to help the institution thrive for years to come.
On October 6, Trinity-Pawling proudly held a ribbon cutting ceremony. Before an audience of more than two hundred students, alumni, faculty, and friends, the school could finally showcase the outcome of the Smith Field House construction project. “We’re here to celebrate this school, and all that this school represents,” said Headmaster William Taylor. “When schools add new facilities and new programs, it’s a gift of a new part of its legacy.”
As visitors were allowed into the finished facility, those present heard further remarks from Headmaster Taylor, as well as Athletic Director Brian Foster, President of the Board of Trustees Elizabeth Allen, and former Headmasters Phillips Smith and Archibald Smith III. “We would not be here without the generosity and foresight of Marlynn and Bill Scully. They also challenged us to create this space in a way to preserve the school’s strength into the future. And we are making great progress towards that goal,” Headmaster Taylor explained.
The ceremony also included remarks from Head Prefect Joseph Webber, member of the Class of 2018. “Traditions are the foundation of Trinity-Pawling, and this building will be another block in that foundation,” he said.