New athletic centre is a milestone in TCS history

The dedication and blessing of the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre on Saturday, September 23rd was a milestone day for Trinity College School. The setting was spectacular, with sunny weather, hundreds of alumni and parents on campus for the annual Bear Fair event and 14 sports matches taking place across campus.  

The new Sue Burns Gymnasium was full to capacity as Canon Don Aitchison, TCS chaplain, provided the blessing. Then, Arnold Massey ’55 tossed up a basketball between Bigside player Sophie Veri ’18 and Old Girl Emilie Mann ’14 to officially open the new 40,000 square foot facility. 

Rick Byers ’78, chair of the TCS Governing Body, thanked the nearly 1,000 members of the TCS community who supported the Game On campaign to construct the new athletic centre. Arnold Massey ’55 and Michael Burns ’56 received a standing ovation in recognition of their lead gifts totaling more than $7 million. The “Burns-Massey Challenge” successfully inspired alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to donate more than $5 million to complete the $12 million project. Mr. Byers proudly reported the project was “on time, on budget and fully paid for, resulting in no debt for the School.” 

Headmaster Grainger lauded Mr. Massey for his lifelong devotion to TCS and proudly acknowledged the Sue Burns Gymnasium, named for Michael Burn’s late wife, as one of the first major facilities at TCS named for a woman. Numerous project leaders and partners were recognized, including BBA Architects, Peak Engineering, Mayor Bob Sanderson and the Municipality of Port Hope, who all worked closely with the TCS infrastructure committee chaired by Mike Bellamy ’93. Bill Conley, director of the School’s property department, and Tim White, TCS director of athletics, both played leadership roles in the design and construction of the amazing new facility. 

With the opening of the athletic centre, Headmaster Grainger announced the successful conclusion of the 150th Anniversary Campaign, co-chaired by Tim Kennish ’58 and Wendy Cecil P’06 ’08. In celebration of the School’s sesquicentennial, the campaign raised more than $48.8 million between 2010 and 2017, doubling the financial assistance endowment from $24 million to more than $50 million, and funding the construction of 75,000 square feet of new or renovated space, including the Visual Arts Wing (2011), Cirne Hall (2015) and the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre (2017).

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- By Doug Mann, executive director of philanthropy & alumni