Catlin Gabel To Name Cutting-Edge Wireless-Enabled Upper School Library and Languages Center After James F. Miller

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Jun 14, 2002

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karen L. Katz

503-297-1894, ext. 305

Catlin Gabel To Name Cutting-Edge Wireless-Enabled Upper School Library and Languages Center After James F. Miller

Groundbreaking Ceremony To Take Place June 15, at 1 p.m.

Portland, Ore. – June 14, 2002 – Catlin Gabel, an independent, coeducational day school will conduct a groundbreaking and naming ceremony for its cutting-edge wireless-enabled Upper School library and languages center on Saturday, June 15th at 1:30 p.m. A significant donation from former trustee James Miller, in concert with many generous donations from the schools alumni, parents, and friends, as well as major donations from the Meyer Memorial Trust and the Collins Foundation, will make the $8.9 million project possible.

Who will be there?

  • James Miller, former trustee and new library namesake
  • David Bragdon, Catlin Gabel’s 2001-2002 distinguished alumni award recipient
  • Lark Palma, Head of School

What: The groundbreaking and naming ceremony (Lark will ride in on a tractor, accompanied by 5 dignitaries, all wearing hard hats. They will break ground with a golden shovel.)

When: June 15, 2002 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: The site of the new library and languages center (meet at the Paddock by the Barn)

The new 14,000 square foot library will integrate new research and information technologies with enough book capacity to meet the needs of inquisitive students and faculty. In addition, this new complex will include a 70-seat multimedia classroom, complete with teleconferencing capabilities to allow an entire grade-level to meet as a class or participate in lectures given by recognized speakers from all over the world, without leaving the classroom.

The new 4,000 square foot languages facility incorporates the latest technology and is designed to assist students in learning French, Spanish and Japanese. In addition, this new technology will make it possible for students to practice and hone their skills with counterparts around the globe. Both buildings will be wirelessly-enabled and will be completed in early Summer 2003.

About Catlin Gabel Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school, dedicated to 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