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Capital Contributions


A capital contribution serves to enhance Harpeth Hall's buildings and grounds. As opposed to an Annual Fund contribution that supports annual operating expenses, a capital contribution represents an investment in the school for decades to come. Customarily, a capital pledge is paid over a multi-year period and is given in addition to an Annual Fund contribution.

Recent Capital Projects


Dining Hall Renovation

The newly renovated Harpeth Hall dining hall opened as students returned to campus for the 2022-2023 school year. This five-month project enhanced the overall dining experience for students and faculty. The entire space is fresh and light, offering an inviting place to enjoy time with classmates and savor a delicious meal.

Students and faculty are able to get their lunch from four identical serving lines, an increase from two lines. Each line includes all options including hot food selections, salad bar, and deli bar in each line. Students move through the expanded servery more quickly and have more time to eat and relax during their lunch break.  


  • A dedicated gluten-free station is available in a separate line.

  • Two drink station located just outside of the servery allow students to get their drinks before sitting down. 

  • Students have access to more panini presses, a lunchtime favorite.

  • The dish return space is larger and has three spots for students to empty food scraps into the compost, recycle any recyclable materials, throw any trash into garbage cans, and return dishes.

  • Space between tables has increased, improving student traffic flow. 

The covered, heated patio seats nearly 100 people. It includes fans for warm days, heaters for cool days, and plastic sides for old days making it a great place to have lunch nearly all year long.

"Bounce" wallpaper created by alumna artist Kelly Diehl '05 and her design studio, New Hat Projects, brightens the faculty private dining room.

Bullard Bright IDEA Lab
Promoting Innovation, Design, and Education in Action

In January 2022, the transformation of Bullard Gymnasium, built in 1953, was complete. Through the generosity of donors, the space turned it into an innovative teaching and learning environment. A classroom, presentation space, studio, maker space, and lab all in one, this flexible space is without definition in the traditional sense. Housed in the heart of the Upper School, the Bullard Bright IDEA Lab serves as a hub for creativity, collaboration, and connection between all students and faculty across academic disciplines.

Read more about the inspiration for the Bullard Bright IDEA Lab.

Dr. Stephanie Balmer Tributes

The Stephanie Balmer Garden for Student Engagement serves as a tribute to the inspiring leadership of Dr. Stephanie Balmer, Harpeth Hall’s Head of School from 2014 to 2018.The garden is located on the Estes Road hillside near Kirkman House and will be ready for student use in the 2021-2022 school year.

Additional tributes to Dr. Stephanie Balmer include the: 

  • Stephanie Balmer Scholarship Fund
  • Stephanie Balmer National Advisory Council (NAC) Grant
  • Stephanie Balmer Head of School Portrait

Learn more about Dr. Stephanie Balmer Tributes.

Make a gift to the Stephanie Balmer Garden for Student Engagement or to another tribute.



Previous Capital Projects


The Next Step Campaign began in 2009 and concluded in 2014 raising $35.6 million. Major milestones of The Next Step Campaign:

  • Constructed the 60,000-square-foot Athletic and Wellness Center
  • Raised over $10 million for endowment, 72% of which went to financial aid endowment
  • Acquired all of the remaining Johnstone Court properties and closed the street
  • Acquired a three-acre property on Hobbs Road, bringing the campus to approximately 44 acres
  • Raised over $1 million for the Annual Fund each year of the campaign

To make a capital contribution to Harpeth Hall, email Director of Advancement Susan Moll or call 615-346-0087.

The Campaign for Harpeth Hall from 2000 to 2005 raised $44.1 million. Major milestones of The Campaign for Harpeth Hall:

  • Constructed the Ann Scott Carell Library
  • Constructed the Dugan Davis Track and Soccer Complex
  • Constructed the Patton Visual Arts Center
  • Constructed the Daugh W. Smith Middle School
  • Renovated Jack C. Massey Center for Mathematics and Science
  • Renovated George N. Bullard Gymnasium
  • Renovated Frances Bond Davis Theatre
  • Renovated Marnie Sheridan Gallery
  • Renovated Souby Hall
  • Doubled endowment to over $21 million
  • Raised $1 million each year for the Annual Fund during the five-year campaign