Celebrating Our New Building
Lauren Pitcher
 
On January 12, 2022, San Francisco Day School community members gathered, masked and socially distanced, of course, to celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the highly anticipated new facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was symbolic of the nearly 20 years of strategic planning, fundraising, innovation, and design that brought the new building to reality.
 
A group of people at a ceremony outside a building.
A line of people stand next to Interim Head of School Peter McCormack at the podium.

The ceremony included speakers from all phases of SF Day’s history, including Head of School Dr. Mike Walker, currently on sabbatical, and interim Head of School Peter McCormack. Speakers also included Campaign Co-Chair and trustee Jessica Moment, Board Chair Adriana Lopez Vermut, former Buildings & Ground Committee Chairs, and former trustees Nehal Raj and Gabrey Means. They recognized all who helped make the new facility possible. To date, SF Day has raised $22.5M for the This Is Our Day campaign. This includes the donors—118 families to date from every generation of SF Day, from our founders to families brand new to our school—who made this the most extensive campaign in the school’s history.
 
San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks at a podium.
 
Special guest Mayor London Breed reflected on SF Day’s commitment to supporting the broader San Francisco community through initiatives such as Breakthrough SF and creating seven units of affordable faculty housing through this project. Mayor Breed shared, “It wasn’t just about an expansion. It was also an opportunity to ensure affordable housing for teachers that were hard to retain because of the expensive market in SF. I thought this was the model for other schools to follow!”
 

We are so excited that our 16,500 square foot facilities project will enable us to:

  • Expand and improve the Art and Innovation spaces
  • Provide a rooftop garden to advance our sustainability and environmental studies programs
  • Expand and enhance outdoor play spaces
  • Provide dedicated performance and gathering space
  • Provide rehearsal and instructional spaces for music
  • Accommodate the growing interest in robotics and emerging technologies
  • Provide seven units of affordable housing for faculty and staff
  • Update and improve 350 Masonic to create better curricular adjacencies
A group of people walking around a children's play structure.
A group of people walking in a theater room.
 
We welcomed students, faculty, and staff into our new facility in January 2022.
 

To enjoy a recording of the ribbon cutting ceremony, you can view the entire event here:

 
 
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Photos provided by Evan Blaser Photography