The Hun School celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated Middle School on Friday, September 22nd, with an all-school ribbon cutting ceremony. The 19,000-square foot facility has twelve new classrooms, a robotics studio, 2 science labs, media and art rooms, and several large gathering spaces. Architects Clarke Caton Hintz re-configured the Buck Building to be open, colorful, and filled with natural light. Classrooms were enlarged 80 – 100% and designed specifically for hands-on, experiential learning.
A thriving Middle School enrollment, along with a desire to provide facilities that enhance teaching and learning, led the School’s Board of Trustees to designate the Buck Building as a top campus priority. Built in 1974, the Buck Building’s initial incarnation placed The Hun Middle School on the lower floor and in the basement annex, with a student activity center, snack bar, and balcony located on the first floor. In 2015, the Breen Family Campus Center and PA Café opened inside the Wilf Family Global Commons, creating an opportunity to expand the space allocated to Middle School activities.
Today, the Middle School community utilizes all three floors – increasing its dedicated space from 11,000 – to 19,000 square feet.
The Buck Building exterior was renovated to include a new façade and modern details. The main entrance on the south side of the building opens into a bright and centralized welcome foyer, student lounge, and administrative office suite. The interior has been designed to provide larger, light-filled classrooms and labs, with better flexibility for hands-on and group learning. The renovation makes the facility highly energy efficient, reducing the building’s current energy use by 50%.
Additional features include:
12 classrooms, 80 – 100% larger
2 state-of-the-art STEM labs
Robotics construction zone
Video production and media studio
Visual art studio
Community space for assemblies, performing arts, dance, and martial arts
“We know that 11- to 13-year olds learn best when they are moving and doing. Our new building provides the space to do just that. This renovation modernizes the space for contemporary education.
"Our math classrooms have tables that come apart depending on the configuration best suited to the project underway. They also raise and lower depending on whether or not the student prefers to sit or stand.”
Ken Weinstein, Middle School head
For Admissions inquiries, contact: Assistant Headmaster for Enrollment and Strategic Planning Steven C. Bristol
For philanthropic and naming opportunities, contact: Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Andrew C. Hamlin
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.