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St. Paul Academy and Summit School receives $15 million gift for math and science center, largest single gift to a Minnesota independent school
Posted 09/26/2016 11:15AM

St. Paul Academy and Summit School (SPA) has received a $15 million gift for the construction of a new math and science center on the school’s Randolph Campus in St. Paul.

 The donor of the gift is Hugh K. Schilling, Chairman of the Board of Horton Holding, Inc., a manufacturing company headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota. Schilling is a 1943 graduate of St. Paul Academy and attended the University of Minnesota School of Engineering.  He holds many patents.  With more than 65 years of industry experience, commitment to service, reliability and innovation, Horton is a premium provider of fan drives, fans and suspension products for on- and off-highway vehicles and equipment. Horton’s fan drives have been reducing fuel consumption, saving energy and reducing noise in the on- and off-highway markets since the early 1970s.  The company’s comprehensive research and development processes are driven by a dedication to exceed industry requirements today and in the future. Horton has manufacturing plants in the United States and Germany, with licensed manufacturing facilities in Australia, China and the United Kingdom; offices in the Unites States, Canada, Mexico and Germany; and representatives in Brazil, Chile, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Australia, and does business in over 80 countries around the world.

 Schilling’s $15 million gift to SPA is the largest single donation ever made to an independent school in Minnesota. According to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), SPA now ranks among the top forty schools in the country with regard to single-gift size. The gift will fund the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center, a state-of-the-art math, science, engineering, and computer science facility to be built on SPA’s Randolph Campus.

 The gift was announced to Upper School students and faculty at an assembly on Tuesday, September 13.  The assembly featured a slideshow of architectural renderings and sketches of the new building, as well as remarks from Schilling and Head of School Bryn Roberts. 

“We are grateful and humbled by Hugh’s generosity in making this gift, and appreciative of his vision of SPA as the premiere high school for educating Minnesota’s future scientists and engineers,” Roberts says.  “As an engineer himself, Hugh understands the critical importance of quantitative learning and the need for instructional spaces that are both innovative and flexible. We are thrilled to have his support in building this state-of-the-art facility.”

Construction on the building will begin in April 2017, with completion planned for August 2018.  The Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center will be constructed on the northeast corner of SPA’s Randolph Campus, located at 1721 Randolph Avenue in St. Paul. The school’s 1928 east wing addition will be demolished and the new facility built along Davern Street, connected to the school’s original building, Old Main, by a two-story glass passageway.  When completed, the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center will total approximately 39,000 square feet, increasing the school’s space for math and science instruction by 14,000 square feet. 

Roberts notes that the new facility will be the signature piece of a comprehensive, multi-year interior renovation of SPA’s entire Upper School, including classrooms, the library, faculty offices, and gathering spaces. The renovation project will begin in earnest once the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center is complete, and will include a total interior renovation of 28,393 square feet, focusing on classrooms and learning spaces for the humanities. The total cost of the entire project, including both the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center and the Upper School renovation, is estimated at $38 million. A capital campaign to raise funds for the comprehensive renovation project is now underway. More information about the campaign and project is available on the project website.

1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
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1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
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