With the joining of the Haines and Hobson houses, which created the new William M. Bailey Commons and faculty residences, Concord Academy has completed the two-year initiative, for which $12 million for construction and an additional $1 million for an endowment to maintain the houses was raised. Improvements to all of the student houses were made possible entirely through the enthusiastic support and generosity of the CA community. The renovated spaces will have lasting effects on campus culture, providing room for classes and clubs, and for boarding and day students alike to gather and grow.
Celebrating CA Houses
On October 4, Concord Academy celebrated the completion of the CA Houses initiative with a series of events that filled several of the school’s recently renovated common rooms with activity and thoughtful discussion. Students and faculty discussed how the improvements to CA’s physical environment are already shaping campus life and supporting learning and discovery. In the new William M. Bailey Commons, CA history teacher Ed Rafferty P’19 ’21 and former CA faculty member Lucille Stott charted the evolution of an area rich in a history of social justice efforts and the neighborhood that became this campus. Read more »
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