Hundreds of supporters and community leaders gathered to dedicate a new state-of-the-art facility on our campus in late August, just before the start of the 2017-18 academic year. The 28,000 square foot multi-purpose addition is designed to showcase student-athletes in action even as it celebrates the work of student-artists. The athletic facilities feature basketball and volleyball courts, locker rooms, a fitness center, and a trainer’s room. A separate wing features expansive art rooms, digital studio space, and galleries to highlight the sculptures, sketches, and paintings of students in grades Pre-K through 12.
Named “The Kathleen and Daniel ’56C Mezzalingua Arts and Athletics Complex” in honor of his parents, John Mezzalingua ’85 fully funded the $7 million facility. The Mezzalingua family tree has deep roots at MPH. Daniel graduated in 1956 from The Manlius School, which later merged with the Pebble Hill School to form MPH. Five of Daniel’s six children graduated from MPH, including his late daughter Laurie. The Laurie Mezzalingua ’86 Center for Early Learning, which houses the PreK and Kindergarten programs was funded by the Mezzalingua family and dedicated in 2006. John Mezzalingua himself attended MPH from ninth grade through his 1987 graduation, and all four of his children are current students. As a local philanthropist, John gives to MPH to express his gratitude for the many ways this school inspired, challenged, and prepared him and his family to serve the Central New York community. He also firmly believes in the MPH mission. “We are so unique,” John explains. “I believe these new facilities will help MPH keep its promise to each student – which is to prepare them for a rich life of critical and creative thinking as well as community contribution.”
“We can’t wait to leverage this expanded footprint to serve our students more comprehensively,” says Head of School Jim Dunaway. “This is a tremendous step forward for Manlius Pebble Hill School and a truly historic moment in our nearly 150-year presence in Syracuse. We now have a place where the entire school community can gather, where students have the needed resources and space to pursue their interests and develop their gifts more fully. These facilities will advance the School’s mission in ways that deeply impact the student experience – and they’re just the beginning of enhancements to come.”
This school year also saw the openings of three other distinct areas within the The Kathleen and Daniel ’56C Mezzalingua Arts and Athletics Complex — the John “Doc” Joiner ’57 Training Room, The Dreyfuss Family Fitness Center, and the Mafrici Family Gallery.
Manlius Pebble Hill is currently developing a new outdoor learning space called the STEAM Park, with certain elements opening in the Fall of 2019.