--Courtesy of Whitefield Academy
Whitefield Academy’s administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students celebrated the opening of Morris Hall at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, August 13. The new $9 million Upper School facility is the centerpiece of a $13 million capital improvement campaign at the Christ-centered private school which serves over 650 students.
Attending the ceremony was Smyrna councilman Ron Fennel, Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon, county commissioner Woody Thompson, and retired Smyrna councilman Pete Wood.
Named in honor of Ida and L. Allen Morris, the 55,000 square foot academic building houses 16 classrooms, four science labs, a library, art room, offices, and a 300-seat black box theater for dramatic performances, concerts, recitals, and weekly chapel services. The Morris family and their descendants, the Bell family, have supported Whitefield in various leadership roles, including the school’s founding steering committee.
Plans for Morris Hall, which was designed by the architectural firm Perkins+Will, began four years ago and was announced to the public in 2010. Since its establishment in 1997, Whitefield Academy, now a 75-acre campus, has continually enhanced its presence in the community through economic development, as well as offering solid academic, arts, and athletic programs.
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