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Upper School Building

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Head of School Katherine Bradley cuts the ribbon to officially open the Upper School Building.

Standing Tall

When graduates reflect on their time at Dana Hall, they may think of a group project with a lifelong friend, or smell the chalk dust from the blackboard lingering in the air. These memories were probably made in the Upper School Classroom Building, which has been part of our campus since 1956 and hardly changed in the intervening years.  

Today’s teaching looks very different than that of the ’50s, and today’s learners need spaces and tools that support a modern curriculum. Renovating the Upper School Classroom Building is critical to ensuring our vibrant, project-based curriculum is fully realized in every class and studio.

Space to grow

The renovated building reflects—and enriches—the demanding, dynamic, and experiential nature of a Dana Hall education. To support a more collaborative learning environment, the new building will include:

  • Larger classrooms with flexible configurations
  • Shared and informal collaborative spaces
  • Areas purpose-built for interdisciplinary faculty collaboration

Space for all

Every student deserves the opportunity to dive fully into the Dana Hall experience. To support the most accessible learning environment possible, the new building aligns with ADA requirements and includes features such as:

  • Elevator, ramps, and accessible restrooms
  • Embedded technology in the classroom, including screens and webcams
  • Faculty spaces designed for students who have questions or need additional help

Space to breathe 

To ensure healthy learning spaces in the new building, your contribution directly supports:

  • Maintenance of air filtration and HVAC equipment
  • Improved layouts for brighter, more spacious learning areas
  • Better lighting and enhanced acoustics throughout the building

Space to sustain 

The renovated building is an expression of Dana Hall’s values. That’s why we built sustainably, and with an eye to the world that tomorrow’s students will inherit and inhabit. Our building meets all requirements to be LEED certified and features:

  • Mechanical systems that convert heat and increased insulation to help stabilize temperatures and limit energy costs
  • Occupancy sensors and increased natural light to reduce electricity usage
  • Sustainable building materials that reduce the carbon impact of construction
The entire school community gathers inside the renovated Waldo Auditorium.

Come together

The renovated building enlarges Waldo Auditorium so that it can fit the entire student body.

Take a Stand for Dana Hall and Have a Seat!

With a pledge of $2,500, you will be able to personalize a seat in the new and expanded Waldo Auditorium. Use the seat plaque to honor your daughter or daughters, or a favorite Dana classmate, teacher or administrator. 


The best learning happens through collaboration. The new Upper School Classroom Building gives teachers and students the space we need for that wonderful interactivity.Kristin Walton Math teacher

Help us architect the Dana Hall experience.

We hope you will consider contributing to this exciting effort.