Excellence Never Rests Campaign

After a long-range plan was developed in 2005, Stratford Academy embarked on the Excellence Never Rests capital campaign to address the facility needs identified. The primary areas of need were: larger and updated science classrooms, improved campus roads/safety/traffic patterns, updated athletic facilities for golf, weight training, football, and tennis, and improved space for lower school students and programs.

The campaign was named the Excellence Never Rests capital campaign to emphasize that in order for Stratford Academy to remain a leader in independent education that these needs must be met. The Phase I campaign goal of $6.6 million was met in 2011. Campus improvements included the addition of the Science Center for grades 6-12, improved traffic and campus safety with the completion of the loop road, and new and renovated athletic facilities for football, tennis, and golf.

The Phase II goal of $4.5 million was set in 2012. This portion of the campaign focused on the construction of a new lower school for students in grades 1-5, repurposing of the former lower school to become a student activities center, renovations to areas previously occupied by lower school programs for middle and upper school students, and the addition of a design/technology program in the upstairs of the library.

Stratford Academy is grateful to the hundreds of donors who charitably contributed during the decade of fundraising that took place for both phases of the Excellence Never Rests campaign. The school’s facilities not only meet the needs of today’s faculty and students, but position the school for growth in the future.

Excellence Never Rests capital campaign improvements include:

  • Dr. John Paul Jones Field House – renovation/additions to football field house, including the Smisson Room, Tommy Robinson Weight Room, Cantrell-Johnston Varsity Locker Rooms (Oct. 2006)
  • Maurice Barnett Golf Pavilion – construction of golf pavilion and practice facility (May 2007)
  • Loop road (Aug. 2008)
  • Jaime Kaplan Tennis Complex – relocation/construction of eight, lighted tennis courts and Lisa Fernandez Schlottman Field House, including Daniel Cohen Team Room (Feb. 2011)
  • Stratford Science Center – construction of science center for grades 6-12, including nine lab/classrooms, six prep rooms, one “mega” lab, Stefanis Lecture Hall, Dorogy Resource Room, Eleanor McDavid Science Classroom (Aug. 2011)
  • Cantrell Lower School – construction of new facilities, including 20 classrooms for grades 1-5, science, STEM, maker space, technology, counseling (Aug. 2016)
  • Daws Student Activities Center – repurposing of former lower school for student activities center, including McAfee Fine Arts Suite, Charles Olson Lobby, John Paul Gaddy Gym, Summer Smisson Neel Girls Fitness Room, ASAP rooms, PE offices (Sept. 2017)


Stratford Academy is grateful to these individuals, who generously served as steering committee members on this campaign:

Phase I

Ashley Copelan, Campaign Co-Chair
Robbo Hatcher ’82, Campaign Co-Chair
Angela and Jim Adams ’65
Leonard Bevill
Buster Black ’62
Candy and Malcolm Burgess
Marshall Butler
Marjorie Carter ’87
Chris Collins
Mike Collins
Teresa Culclasure
Rachel Deems
Kathryn Dennis
Diane Dorogy
Bill Fickling III ’74
Kathy Floyd
Mary Ellen Grossnickle
Sarah Harris
Bob Hatcher
Eric Hefner ’83
John Holmes
Charlie Jay
Dr. Zoe Jones ’67
Jaime Kaplan ’79
Gene Maddux ’72
Tom McAfee ’86
Cammie* and Thomas McCook
Kathleen Medlin ’88
Bill Monfort ’79
Mary Pat Monfort
Lane Sheridan
Dr. Bill Shirley, Sr.*
Cheryl Stefanis
Dr. Bob Veto

Phase II

Julie and Tom McAfee ’86, Campaign Co-Chairs
Shannon and Stewart Vernon ’98, Campaign Co-Chairs
Jim Adams III ’87
Dr. Bill Argo ’72
Jeff Avant ’84
Martha Williams Berg ’70
Malcolm Burgess
Bill Buzzell ’70
Bill Fickling III ’74
Robbo Hatcher ’82
Angela Maddox Hicks ’76
Eric Hefner '83
Jaime Kaplan ’79
Chip Koplin ’82
Kathleen Cook Medlin ’88
Lori Landers Mitchell ’93
Jennifer Pope
Courtney Forrester Swift ’98
Rob Wilkin
Dr. Bob Veto


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