By Nick Roberts
Three years ago, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School purchased a property that bordered the west side of campus. The land, which runs along the back of the Primary School playground and the business and development "house," includes a big, beautiful stone building fronting Mount Vernon Highway.
Originally referred to as the "Jones property" because of its previous owners, the building soon became known as the "Stone House" – essentially to make it more identifiable for those attending the occasional event in its large, open rooms.
Last summer, a comprehensive remodeling project was begun on the building, the results of which will include permanent space for the business and development offices, as well as space for receptions, parent volunteer meetings, and the Bear WearHouse, among other needs. And as the project nears its completion, the HIES Board of Trustees has approved a new name for the building.
At their meeting on Tuesday, the board approved the motion to rename the building Alumni Hall.
According to Director of Development Michele Duncan, the name pays homage to one of the school's most cherished constituencies – i.e. the growing number of graduates who personify our school's mission as they venture beyond campus. "We hope it will be a place for alumni to come back and visit," says Duncan. "And, of course, stay connected with Holy Innocents'."