A Comprehensive Renovation of Physical Education & Athletic Locker Rooms and Community Spaces

Inspiring competition and spirit have always been part of the fabric of Isidore Newman School. Lessons from the playing field shape character – the ability to compete, appreciate winning, learn from losses, show respect for opponents, and keep trying whenever a task is difficult. As legendary Newman coach and teacher Billy Fitzgerald once said, athletics are where ‘values are caught, not taught.’

Newman’s storied athletic history belies our small size and uncompromising academic standards. Our over 105 state championships inspire today’s students to dream big.

Project Overview

Athletics touch the lives of every Newman student – more than 85% of Middle and Upper School students participate in at least one sport, and our community loves to gather and cheer at games, meets, and matches.

This comprehensive renovation of Physical Education, Locker Rooms, and Community Spaces will provide amenities appropriate to the stature of the Newman athletics program and the spirit of our community.
 
The Impact

Physical Education Spaces Location Start Date
Girls PE Cotonio Palaestra 1st Floor Spring/Summer 2023
Boys PE Cotonio Palaestra 1st Floor Spring/Summer 2023
Girls PE Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Boys PE Fieldhouse December 2021
PE Storage Fieldhouse December 2021
PE Offices Fieldhouse December 2021
Athletic Locker Room Spaces Location Start Date
Payne Family Girls Soccer Locker Room Manning Family Athletic Complex Complete
Darragh Family Boys Soccer & Lacrosse Locker Room Manning Family Athletic Complex Complete
Schmidt Family Baseball Locker Room Facilities Building Complete
Girls Volleyball Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Girls Basketball Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Girls Volleyball and Basketball Film Room Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Boys Basketball Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Girls Swimming Cotonio Palaestra 1st Floor Spring/Summer 2023
Boys Swimming Cotonio Palaestra 1st Floor Spring/Summer 2023
Cross Country and Track Facilities Building Spring/Summer 2023
MS Boys Teams Fieldhouse December 2021
Football Coach's Office Fieldhouse December 2021
Volleyball & Girl's Basketball Coach's Office Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Complete
Boy's Basketball Coach's Office Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Complete
Varsity Football Locker Room Fieldhouse December 2021
Community Spaces Location Start Date
Palaestra Dance Studio Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
The Cage Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Exterior Restrooms Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Laundry Room Cotonio Palaestra 2nd Floor Spring/Summer 2022
Football Storage & Additional Laundry Room Fieldhouse December 2021
Multi-Purpose Room Fieldhouse December 2021
Conference Room Fieldhouse December 2021
Tuohy Entry Pavilion Fieldhouse December 2021
Tuohy Gym Air Conditioning Tuohy Gym December 2021
Coach's Office Fieldhouse December 2021
Coach's Office Cotonio Palaestra 1st Floor Spring/Summer 2023
Note: Dates are subject to change*


The Fieldhouse

In 1951, Isidore Newman School was experiencing an increase in class sizes, resulting in the exponential growth of varsity sports teams. As a result, the Tuohy Gymnasium Annex was constructed as a "temporary" solution to address the need for more physical education and locker room spaces.

When the Annex was constructed, Newman's average Upper School class had fewer than 65 students and a typical varsity football team had around 30 players and 1 coach. Today, the average class has roughly 100 students, and the varsity team can include over 80 players, along with several coaches and trainers. Continuing the tradition of ensuring the School has spaces which accommodate for the size and scope of our programs, the Fieldhouse will serve both current students and future Greenies for years to come. 

Set to break ground in December 2021 the Fieldhouse will stand adjacent to the historic Valmont Building and newly constructed Rupa and Tarun Jolly Science and Technology Building, thereby completing a cohesive transformation of the south side of campus. At the start of next school year, when our community gathers together in the stands of Michael Lupin Field, these buildings will serve as a visual representation of Newman's continued commitment to enhancing the student experience.
Philanthropy at Work
 
The Comprehensive Renovation of Physical Education & Athletic Locker Rooms and Community Spaces project is made possible by philanthropic support. The generosity of donors that have allocated gifts specifically to this project gives the School the opportunity to enhance physical education and athletic locker rooms, and add much needed community spaces. We are grateful to all who have supported this effort. 

Make a Gift
 
There are many ways to be involved in this project. If you are interested in more information about making a gift to Isidore Newman School, or supporting this project in other ways, please contact Mary Hoffman at (504) 896-6425 or MaryHoffman@newmanschool.org. Naming opportunities are available.
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