Homecoming day was also an occassion for remembrance as we unveiled the placard recognizing the George Thanasas Scholar-Athlete Award in the new Boll Campus Center. Family, friends, coaches and faculty gathered just outside the Fruehauf Gymnasium to dedicate the sign, with remarks delivered by Boys Varsity Soccer Coach David Dwaihy and Head of School Bart Bronk.
Even at the genesis of their story as a couple, John and Marlene Boll's relationship was rooted in support and service. In 1952, John, then a young corporal based in Raleigh, NC, and four other young soldiers were heading to the North Carolina State Fair when they came across four beautiful Roxy Theatre summer tour dancers in need of a ride.
Then 18-year old Marlene was in that group. John persuaded his friends to give up their seats for the dancers so that he could transport them to the Fair in time for their afternoon show, and so began a 64-year strong love story that has in many ways always centered around lifting those in their presence, up.
Just outside the Boll Campus Center is a courtyard filled with engraved brick pavers that do more than provide a foundation to walk upon they represent the commitment of University Liggett School alumni, families and friends to our schools vision for growth.
members of the University Liggett School community filled the bleachers at the Boll Campus Center to celebrate Opening Knight -- the first home game in the new Fruehauf Gymnasium. Before the girls' varsity volleyball team took the court, John and Marlene Boll and Richard and Janet Fruehauf were recognized and seniors Alyssa Hamilton and Mary Weiermiller presented volleyballs signed by the team to each couple.
More than 400 alumni, friends, families, faculty and staff and VIPs were on hand Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 10 for a series of grand opening celebrations at the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center.
The Hummel brothers - Robert '76, William '78 and John '79 - each have fond memories of attending University Liggett School in the 1970s and the trio decided to leave their mark on the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center with a brick paver.
In addition to the standard equipment such as basketball hoops, netting and dividers, the Fruehauf Family Gymnasium and the entire Boll Campus Center will feature a number of premium amenities including:
As I drive into school each morning and see the progress on the Boll Campus Center, I'm continuously reminded of the dedication of our community. The construction of the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center is only possible because of the generous alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends who've contributed to the Sure Foundations campaign.
In early June, we dedicated and blessed the new varsity lacrosse field in memory of George Thanasas '17, a beloved student-athlete who passed away unexpectedly after his graduation in June 2017. In addition, the school has created the George Thanasas Scholar Athlete Award, an award that was given to three-season varsity athletes who maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, during the 2017-18 school year.
The steel structure and masonry walls of the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center are complete. The concrete slab floor was poured in the gymnasium and focused efforts are being made to completely fit-out this central space, including wiring, lighting, and HVAC infrastructure so that the collegiate style gym floor can be installed and have appropriate time to cure to environmental conditions. Rooftop HVAC units have been installed and finished brick is beginning to be applied to the exterior walls.
The installation of glass along the curtain wall and roofline of the gymnasium, which began the week of June 4. Once this work has been completed and the gymnasium is fully enclosed, the focus will return to the collar-structures including the lobby, fitness center, locker rooms, training room, and storage areas.
The project remains on schedule for an August 31 effective completion date.
Five University Liggett School 12th-graders have been honored with the Thelma Fox Murray Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.
This year’s recipients are Abby Doppke of St. Clair Shores, Maria Pas of Clinton Township, Nicole Rivera of Grosse Pointe Shores, Katriel Tolin of West Bloomfield and Mary Weiermiller of Grosse Pointe Woods.
University Liggett School will celebrate the passions and discoveries of its seniors who will present their Academic Research Projects to the public during a three-day Celebration of Research event May 29 - 31.
The Academic Research Project is the cornerstone a Liggett education and the culmination of a year and a half of research on a chosen topic. The three-day event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29; Wednesday, May 30; and Thursday, May 31. The event is open to the public and will span throughout the school.
The theme of Dick Dahling's University Liggett School memories is a common among alumni. Dahling ’77 recalls a rigorous academic program and robust athletic and arts offerings. He remembers many inspirational faculty — among them Coreen Ruiz, Mary Remillet and Bob Wood — and he looks back on being a member of a strong, unified student body. More than 40 years later, he remains close with his some of his classmates.
University Liggett School parents Patsy ’80 and Ed Gotfredson witnessed firsthand the generosity of Liggett supporters when they agreed to chair the "Because of You" Annual Fund parent campaign in the fall.
Current eighth-graders in metro Detroit are encouraged to apply to be a Liggett Merit Scholar, a highly selective four-year scholarship that seeks to attract students of exceptional academic strength and promise, and a diversity of interests, who will contribute to the life of the school.
University Liggett School is a private preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school in Metro Detroit that is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and arts and athletics offerings.