The Annual Fund closes on June 30!
After opening in the fall of 2020, the Pohanka Fine Arts Center now provides state-of-the-art facilities for our Music and Visual Arts programs, allowing our students and faculty to grow and develop in new and exciting ways. An architectural work of art located near the Bai Yuka, this beautiful
three-story, 22,000 square foot building makes a statement that Saint James prioritizes the arts.
Because of the excitement and energy of the new building, the Pohanka Fine Arts Center has become a gathering place for all our students, regardless of their affiliation with the fine arts program. This organic exposure will further embed the arts into the fabric of the students’ experience.
A few space highlights include:
Kay H Teach Recital Hall
This intimate 80-person performance space provides:
Visual Arts Program
Music Teaching Spaces
Daily athletics are central to the Saint James experience for all 230 students on campus. Whether a student is a starter for one of our MAC Championship teams, a future college athlete refining his or her skills, or a second or third form student trying out a sport for the very first time, the Turner Athletic Center represents an exciting step up for every Saint. The new locker rooms, indoor turf field, performance basketball gymnasium, and wrestling center, and other amenities offered by the Turner Athletic Center will help all our student athletes and faculty coaches reach the next level in their athletic development! A new athletic facility will provide Saint James students with the following:
To be named in honor of Admiral James L. Holloway ‘39, who was a star wrestler as a cadet at the Naval Academy, this state-of-the-art wrestling center will provide SJS the chance to showcase one of its strongest athletic programs. Students of all sizes, demeanors, and athletic backgrounds can find a home on the wrestling team, often winning individual and team honors as they do so. The new space will provide a fitting home for one of the area’s premiere wrestling events, the Holloway Wrestling Tournament.
Indoor Turf Field
This will be a thrilling new addition to campus at Saint James School and the only one of its kind in the surrounding area. This field will provide year-round training opportunities for our field athletes, reduce the number of practices lost to adverse weather, and provide an additional place for students to exercise and practice over the weekends and during free time.
New locker rooms will replace those that have been in use for many years. Though they have served the school well, the boys’ locker room is worn, poorly lit, and badly ventilated, and the girls’ locker room is overcrowded, as the number of girls playing sports has more than tripled since the locker room was added in 1999. These will be facilities that our Saints will look forward to returning to as they celebrate a win or reflect on a challenging defeat.
The increase in enrollment at Saint James, the increased number spectators at games, and the revival of the beloved Saint James Invitational Tournament have all resulted in an immediate need for more seating in the gym for games and tournaments. The gymnasium will be fully climate controlled and will include a floor designed to enhance the performance of our athletes while providing long-term durability.
This facility also provides an alternate indoor space for commencement and other large school events. In addition, a redesigned entrance and new parking lots will make the facility accessible and friendly to all.
"It seems only appropriate that the Turner Family would support the Athletic Center project at Saint James. After all, it was the SJIT that first brought the Turners to Saint James. We lived about 30 minutes away and took our sons there for an outing to see the various teams compete during the tournament. Parker (SJS ‘02), our oldest son, immediately fell in love with the campus and the quality education Saint James had to offer. It did not take him long to convince us to enroll him and his brother Garrett (SJS ‘04) as boarding students at Saint James. As a family, we feel it is important that Saint James be more than a private boarding school and that as a school they continue to have opportunities for sharing in the community whether it be through Chapel, the Pohanka Fine Arts Center, or the Turner Athletic Center.
It is with this in mind that we joyfully support the Athletic Center project and are honored to have it named for our family."
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”- Mother Teresa
-Jim and Toni Turner
With the successful opening of the Pohanka Fine Arts Center, the Bowman-Byron Center, in the Cotton Building, has become the primary home of the Saint James Mummers’ Society and the Dance Program. Several exciting projects have been identified to make the it a thriving center for dance and theater for years to come.
Through the generosity of Roland and Dona Young (parents of Taylor ’09) and Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Rocca, Jr. (grandparents of Thomas ’13), Saint James has been able to build two faculty townhomes. This housing allows the School to recruit and, far more importantly, retain talented faculty who wish to teach our wonderful students and build families of their own while living on campus.
As part of the extended Make A Difference Campaign, Saint James proposes to build a new, 28-bed boys’ dormitory that includes three faculty housing units. A new dormitory is needed due to a sustained growth in the number of applicants and students interested in boarding, and the continuing need for additional housing for male faculty. Construction of a new dormitory will also allow the School to achieve its enrollment goal of 80% boarding students. The fundraising goal for the new dormitory is $4 million, of which $1.5 million has been pledged to date. Your gift to the Boys’ Dormitory will Make A Difference in the lives of students and faculty alike!
The Annual Fund closes on June 30!