Catlin Gabel School Students Return From Summer Break To New James F. Miller Library And Modern Languages Center

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Sep 5, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Betsy Cramer

503-297-1894, ext. 308

Catlin Gabel School Students Return From Summer Break To New James F. Miller Library And Modern Languages Center

Back To School: Students Begin Classes In New Facilities, Benefit from Wireless Campus, Multimedia Room And Video Conferencing Capabilities

Portland, Ore. – September 5, 2003 – The Catlin Gabel School, dedicated to excellence in education, today unveiled the James F. Miller Library and the modern languages center. Designed by award-winning firm Thomas Hacker Architects Inc., the new buildings are a major part of a master plan developed in 1996 to provide appropriate facilities. A significant donation from James F. Miller, in concert with many donations from the Schools alumni, parents, and friends, as well as major grants from Meyer Memorial Trust, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and The Collins Foundation, have made this project possible. Mr. Miller, generous supporter of Portland’s arts and education communities, served on the Catlin Gabel board of trustees and his daughter attended the School.

The new 14,000 square foot library integrates new research and information technologies with book capacity to support the School’s challenging curriculum. In addition, the library includes a 70-seat multimedia classroom, complete with video conferencing capabilities to allow a class to participate in lectures given by recognized speakers from all over the world, without leaving their classroom.

The new 4,000 square foot modern languages center incorporates the latest technology and is designed to support the intensive teaching of French, Spanish and Japanese. Students will be able to practice and hone their skills with counterparts around the globe. Both buildings incorporate wireless connectivity enabling students to complete work on laptops from both inside and outside the classroom.

About Thomas Hacker Architects Inc.

Founded in 1983, Thomas Hacker Architects Inc. has been integral in the design and construction of higher educations buildings ranging from the Signature Project at Lewis & Clark and Reid Campus Center at Whitman College to the Biomedical Information Communication Center and School of Nursing at OHSU. Thomas Hacker Architects Inc. also designed and built libraries including the Beaverton City Library, the Bend Library, Multnomah County Libraries, the Woodstock Library and the Penrose Library.

About Catlin Gabel

Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school, dedicated to providing an unparalleled education by promoting student individuality, academic excellence, multiculturalism and life-long learning. The school’s dynamic pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade curriculum combines academics with arts, physical education and a strong sense of community service. Catlin Gabel is independently governed by a Board of Trustees and is not supported by tax or church monies. For more information, please visit