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New Trier will break ground this December on a project to renovate and replace aging buildings on the East Side of the Winnetka Campus with new athletic and academic spaces that will expand student opportunities for generations to come without the need for a referendum.
Following more than a year-long study, the Board approved a plan to replace the 1928 Gates Gymnasium and 1925 Boiler Plant – both inflexible spaces with high maintenance costs that do not adequately meet student needs – with a new multipurpose facility. The project is scheduled to be completed by the opening of the 2023-2024 school year and will include a new multipurpose competition gym, a 6-lane indoor track, a dozen new classroom spaces, new auxiliary gyms, new strength and conditioning facilities, and a new climbing wall and high ropes course. Design elements from the Gates Gymnasium, such as the distinctive barrel-shaped roof, will be incorporated into the new facility as a nod to the gymnasium’s illustrious history.
All alumni are invited to attend the following events at the Gates Gymnasium as we commemorate the historic space through a series called A December To Remember:
December 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. — Open House and Commemoration Event
New Trier High School will host a Commemoration Ceremony in the Stage Gym on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m. before the girls varsity basketball game. Alumni and guests are invited to stay for the girls and boys varsity basketball games beginning at noon. Attendees can also tour the entire Winnetka Campus, which was renovated on the west side in 2017, and view drawings of the new construction.
December 12, 2021 at 3 p.m. — New Trier Winter Music Festival
The New Trier Music Department’s annual concert dates back to 1918 and will be held in the Gates Gymnasium one last time on Sunday, Dec. 12. We are excited to feature New Trier’s talented bands, orchestras, and choirs in this wonderful event. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, capacity may be limited to performers and their families, but we will livestream the event for the entire community. Stay tuned for more information.
December 16, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. — Athletic Hall of Honor Induction and Alumni Night
The New Trier High School Athletic Department will induct its third class into the Athletic Department Hall of Honor on Thursday, Dec. 16, recognizing Ben Almaguer, Gary Groh, Ron Klein, and Deborah Ofcky for their significant contributions to New Trier Athletics. The inductees will be honored in the Gates Gymnasium in between the girls (5:45 p.m.) and boys varsity basketball games (7:30 p.m.) against Evanston High School, which will be the last official games played in the space.