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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.

Current Capital Projects


Dining Hall Renovation

In April 2022, Harpeth Hall will begin renovating on the dining hall to enhance the overall dining experience for students and faculty. 

  • Students will be able to get their lunch from four identical serving lines, an increase from two lines. Each line will include all options including hot food selections, salad bar, and deli bar in each line. Students will move through the expanded servery more quickly and will have more time to eat and relax during their lunch break. 
  • A dedicated gluten-free station will be available in a separate line.

  • Two drink stations located just outside of the servery will be available so students may get their drinks before sitting down. 

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

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

  • Inside seating will remain the same, but space between tables will increase, improving student traffic flow. 

  • The covered, heated patio will have seating for nearly 100 people. It will include fans for warm days, heaters for cool days, and plastic sides for cold days making it a great place to have lunch nearly all year long.

  • The entire space will be fresh and light and will be an inviting place to enjoy time with classmates and savor a delicious meal.



Recent Capital Projects


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