On Monday, April 10, at 10:43 a.m., with help from 17 members of the Class of 2017, Headmaster Alex Curtis cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the new St. John Hall student center.
In an interview with the Choate News, Dr. Curtis said, "This is a significant statement about student life and its centrality. St. John Hall is one of the only purpose-built student centers, that I know of, among our peer schools."
An educational and social hub for the Choate community, the 37,000-square foot, three-story facility, designed by Bowie Gridley Architects, Washington, D.C., includes spaces for small and large group gatherings, the Choate Store and Tuck Shop Café, Deans' and Student Activities offices, meeting rooms, student project rooms, and club spaces. Students will be able to enjoy SAC dances, hang out in the game room, and eat in the Tuck Shop — all on the first floor.
In addition, students will be able to order from screens or an iOS app and enjoy the Tuck Shop's extensive list of new offerings. To celebrate the grand opening of St. John Hall, all students, faculty, and staff received a $5 gift card redeemable at either the Choate Store or Tuck Shop Café. See photo gallery.