Skip To Main Content

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


Bullard Bright IDEA Lab

In January 2021, the Board of Trustees approved a capital project to renovate Bullard Gymnasium, built in 1953, into an innovative teaching and learning environment. Housed in the heart of the Upper School, the Bullard Bright IDEA Lab will serve as a hub for creativity, collaboration, and connection between all students and faculty across academic disciplines.

Learn more about 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