Wesleyan opened the 1996-97 school year with 556 students on its new campus. That year, the facilities consisted of 15 modular units, a soccer field and the school’s first, newly constructed permanent building—Marchman Gymnasium, which served as gym, auditorium, chapel, and general school meeting place. Between 1996-1998, Cleghorn Hall, Hoover Center, and Henderson Stadium/Robinson Field were built. Families and friends of the school, who believed in the vision of what could be, gave $10.6 million for the start of the new campus.
In early 1999, the board proceeded with a campaign that ultimately included Wesley Hall (middle school), Warren Hall (lower school), a new baseball and softball field, and Davidson Natatorium. In addition the school completed the purchase of 12 acres of land from Technology Park, the adjoining Marvin C. Black Building, and four adjacent or adjoining faculty homes. The additional 12 acres allowed for the construction of Davidson Natatorium, three complete athletic fields, a student parking lot, and large parts of our cross-country trail. Donors gave $38 million to pay for these buildings and to purchase and develop the land. An additional $7 million was given for annual fund and endowment, bringing the total of this successful campaign to $45 million.
The final phase of the building campaigns included a much-needed fine arts center, performance gymnasium, and administration building. The fine arts center houses art, chorale, band, and middle school drama. A new performance gymnasium was constructed to hold 1500 fans and larger region and state tournaments. It was time to provide permanent facilities for the administration. Gillfillan Hall, a 12,000 square foot addition onto the front of Marchman Gymnasium now contains the admissions, communications, development and business offices. The total campaign of $42 million also included Annual Fund and Endowment.
Parent participation in the Annual Fund surpassed 95%. The school set a record with 99% of the parents participating in the 2006-2007 Annual Fund. Such participation demonstrated extra-ordinary commitment by Wesleyan’s parental constituency.
A three-year capital campaign from the 2012-13 to 2014-15 school years, Shared Blessings was targeted at campus improvements and endowment growth, our community has come to the table in an incredible way to support our latest capital campaign. Originally targeted to raise $16.5 million in three years, over $20 million was raised.