The high school student courtyard will be undergoing a variety of enhancements over the next two summers, while still preserving the historic icons currently within the space. The improvements will take place in two phases, during Summer 2016 and Summer 2017.
Phase I will begin in June. Items such as gifts and class stones will be cataloged and removed from the courtyard while foundations are laid for canopies, which will provide covered seating for this highly-frequented part of campus. Prior to the start of school this fall, the courtyard will be paved so that students can continue to use the space during the coming school year. Recent years of the senior stones will be temporarily placed in the courtyard so that the Senior Walk can take place in Spring 2017. The Meguro gate will be stored from June 2016 until approximately August 2017. Construction will be on hold during school year 2016-17 to avoid disruption to student life.
The renovation will create 140 covered seats at the near-end of the high school field, allowing spectators to enjoy athletic games and events, even when the weather does not cooperate. Detailed plans for additional seating and garden areas are still under development.
Deputy Head of School Tim Thornton said, “These enhancements to the courtyard will provide high school students with much-needed space. With the high school nearly at capacity with 579 students, this project will expand the covered seating area for students.” He also adds, “Every attempt will be made to replant class gift trees, however, where necessary we will replace class gift trees with a new tree.”
During Phase II of construction in Summer 2017, all of the Senior Walk’s existing stones will be relaid and additional stones will be added to accommodate the next 65 years of graduating classes. The Meguro gate will be given pride of place in the renovated courtyard, as will some of our other Meguro memorabilia. Other historic items currently in the courtyard will find homes in the renovated courtyard or in other areas of campus, such as the front entrance garden.
We look forward to welcoming back generations of alumni, families and friends to enjoy the space alongside current students, who will continue to the enjoy the ASIJ tradition of the Senior Walk for years to come.