Building a 21st Century Campus
An unprecedented decade of philanthropic support for physical improvements to our campus has enabled MBS to provide a rich learning environment that is academically rigorous for its students. Over the past 14 years, MBS has dedicated over $40 million to 15 major building and renovation projects that have been transformative to its 22-acre campus, enhancing its beauty and functionality. From the construction of a 630-seat Performing Arts Center and Middle School to the complete renovation of a state-of-the-art Technology Center, MBS continues to honor its unwavering commitment to its students and faculty: to provide them with the very best environment and tools for learning, growth and unparalleled success.
The New Math and Science Facility
Our new Math and Science Facility—a critical component in the School’s strategic plan—is the cornerstone of the Transforming Our Future campaign and the final jewel in the crown that is the MBS campus. With input from math and science faculty, the $12.6 million building features a flexible and adaptable design.
With over 25,000 square feet of newly constructed space, the state-of-the-art building will include:
- Eight science classrooms/laboratories, prep rooms and independent research labs
- Eight mathematics classrooms
- An environmental science lab
- A dynamic math studio
- DNA lab
- Art gallery
- Small group study areas
- Open common space for students and faculty
Housed in the Environmental Lab, the 10-foot stream table is used in the Environmental Science class to explain the process of erosion, deposition, and delta formation.
Located in the Environmental Lab, the 180-gallon saltwater reef aquarium is the new home for a variety of saltwater fish. As part of an independent study course, the student is required to maintain the aquarium.
Students observe plants in the "grow-bed" which is part of the Aquaponics system set up in the Environmental Lab. Underneath sits a 300-gallon water tank stocked with tilapia.
Built in 1891, Beard Hall is the oldest building on campus and was once The Morristown School’s Old Main. The building was renovated in 2004 to include the new Anderson Library, modern classrooms, reception rooms, and meeting rooms. Today, the building houses the Admission Office, the Headmaster's office, the Dean of Faculty's office, the World Language Department, College Counseling, and the Business Office.
Named for former Headmaster Valleau Wilkie, Wilkie Hall opened in 1969 as a 340-seat auditorium with additional classroom space on the lower level. Wilkie Hall was recently renovated to house the School’s state-of-the-art technology center and computer labs.
In September of 2017, MBS unveiled Science On a Sphere®—the only one of it's kind in New Jersey. Designed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this extraordinary learning tool will help both science and history classes illustrate climate change, ocean temperatures, historical movement and other natural events by projecting planetary data on a 6-foot sphere.
Formerly known as Old North, Grant Hall was completely renovated in 2004 to provide spacious classrooms and office space. This building now houses the English Department, History Department and The Center for Academic Writing.
In 2007, South Wing was completely remodeled to become the new home of the MBS Center for Teaching and Learning. The renovated facility also houses visual arts classrooms and the School nurse.
A completely renovated and redesigned Middle School opened in September 2008 with spacious classrooms, upgraded technology, science laboratories, and commons areas designed to foster all kinds of new interaction.
William E. Simon Athletic Center
The William E. Simon Athletic Center is one of the area’s finest sports facilities. Students make full use of three regulation-size basketball and volleyball courts. Swimmers enjoy the Athletic Center’s Rooke Family Pool, a 25-meter indoor pool featuring six lanes. Surrounding the Athletic Center are four playing fields, including a running track and three multi-sport turf fields which were recently renovated.
Boasting an impressive 630-seat theater, Founders Hall serves as a hub for the arts at MBS and has also become the home of Morning Meeting, where the entire School Community gathers each week. The facility also includes rehearsal space, classrooms, and two levels of lobbies for exhibitions.
This Dutch Colonial Revival built in 1916 had for generations been the home of Morristown and MBS headmasters and their families. It is now home of the School’s Office of Institutional Advancement and offers comfortable gathering rooms for intimate receptions and events.
Located next to Beard Hall, the Anderson Library opened in 2004 and houses more than 17,000 volumes, audiobooks, daily newspapers, and subscriptions to 40 popular and professional periodicals. The Library also boasts comfortable study space and a computer lab with 26 networked computers providing both Internet and intranet access.