Over 200 people attended the dedication ceremony of Gillespie Hall on Saturday, May 12, 2012. We could not have asked for a more perfect day for this historic event, and we were thrilled to have so many alumni, trustees, parents, and friends join us for the celebration. Everyone was amazed at the beauty and craftsmanship of the building, especially the new Christopher R. Horgan Art Studio, Putnam Gallery and Spencer Student Center. We were especially pleased to have Susan Gillespie Hunt, K Horgan, Will Spencer ‘86, Tom Putnam ’61, Pat Fletcher ‘H05 (pictured on right), and their family and friends in attendance.
The ceremony began with a speech by Brad Bates, who described the 8-year process and the many people who helped to make Gillespie Hall become a reality. Following his speech, Susan Gillespie Hunt, Mr. Gillespie’s daughter, gave a heartfelt address to the crowd, sharing her experiences as a faculty child growing up on the Dublin campus and what the building means to her.
“If you will allow me to personify Gillespie Hall … The building has some of my father’s qualities – it has a strong foundation and good bones. It is conservative but stately. It is handsome, it is dignified, and it is filled with intelligence and creativity. Dublin School has grown so rapidly and gracefully and yet still preserves the quality of the School and its traditions. My father’s relevance is truly noted and appreciated. He would be humbled by this monumental gesture.”
None of this would have been possible without Andy Hungerford, Carl Von Mertens, and Peter Imhoff for their tireless work and dedication to the construction of this building. The Dublin School community will be forever grateful.