George School Athletic Facilities
The rolling hills and glorious fields of George School’s campus are not just a feast for the eyes, but also the home of our state-of-the-art athletic facilities. Whether you don’t consider yourself a traditional athlete, or are serious about a basketball career, we have the facilities for you. Our athletic center is more than enough to write home about. It has facilities for swimming, yoga, and basketball, just to name a few. On top of all this, we have a plethora of outdoor facilities, topped off with our own equestrian program.
George School is a member of the Friends Schools League
Fitness and Athletics Center
The 100,000 square-foot brick and glass Fitness and Athletics Center is almost four times the size of the Worth Sports Center building it replaced. The design of the building assimilates architectural details from around campus including the west entrance portico to Hallowell Arts Center, metal clad windows, the limestone belt around the buildings, and the selection of red and Coventry bricks.
The design also maximizes natural light, a feature that is immediately evident in the entryway and wide, soaring central corridor. The hallways are lined with windows giving visitors a glimpse into the different facilities that make up the Fitness and Athletics Center and the block walls include bands of texture and color that add a welcome design detail to the space. The terrazzo floor in the central corridor is a historically durable and resilient flooring made of mostly recycled marble, quartz, granite, and other age-old materials.
The building includes:
- A fully-equipped, 4,200 square-foot fitness center.
- A high-efficiency, 25-yard, 8-lane pool with buffered areas, a wide deck, and room for 100 seated spectators on the upper level.
- A 12,634 square-foot performance gymnasium with two full-sized hardwood courts and seating for 400 spectators.
- A multi-purpose gym with two courts for training and competition.
- A yoga and movement studio that offers tranquil views of the green roof garden.
- A wrestling room with two mats for practice and competition.
- A training room with hydrotherapy and daily treatment areas
- Locker rooms for students, faculty, staff, and visiting teams
- Physical education classrooms and conference rooms
- Athletics and physical education department offices
The facility offers many opportunities for individuals who don’t consider themselves athletes in the traditional sense. The multisport gymnasium hosts a variety of instructional and recreational sports for physical education, fitness classes will be held in the fitness center, yoga in the movement studio, and swimming is available as a physical education class.
All-Weather Track and Synthetic Turf Field
George school welcomed the new all-weather running track and the synthetic turf field in 2011. There was even a farewell event, called The Last Lap to say goodbye to the old-style cinder track and prior field which had served George School for over a century. In 2012 these new facilities were officially dedicated to four legendary George School coaches, with the field commemorating the work of Anne LeDuc, Robert Geissinger, John Gleeson ’65, and the track honoring David Satterthwaithe ’65. The track includes a 120-meter, eight-lane sprint straight as part of a six-lane 400-meter oval, in line with the best competitive facilities available today. The new sports field has an all-weather turf that will dramatically increases the field’s use, accommodating football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and other field sports.
George School’s equestrian program sets it apart from other schools’ athletic offerings. Founded in 1983, the program provides a supportive environment that pushes students to develop an understanding of horsemanship, a compassion for animals, and a desire to learn. Many improvements have been made to the equestrian program in the past decade. In spring 2010, the riding rings received new footings—three inches of sand on top of a newly designed drainage system—which made jumping more comfortable for the horses. The tack room was substantially updated and redesigned in August 2011 to include ventilated lockers for storing equipment and hooks for clothing, and finally, in spring 2013, the program purchased new jumps. Our equestrian facilities include:
- 2 riding rings with all weather surfaces
- 1 twenty-stall horse barn
Other Outdoor Facilities
In addition to our state of the art fitness and athletic center, George School also has an impressive array of athletic facilities that keep us to date in terms of quality and sets us apart in terms of variety. These include:
- 240 acres of lawns, gardens, fields, and woods
- 10 tennis course
- 9 natural turf playing fields
- 1 cross country course