On December 20, 1962, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad signed the deed giving 70.3 acres of land to Porter Military Academy. The only stipulation was that the land be used for a school and that the move be accomplished in the next five years. Just a few weeks earlier, the Medical College had agreed to buy the 11.3 acres of the Porter Military Academy campus downtown for $1,136,000, a figure that represented the cost of building at the new Albemarle Point campus. The new campus would also inspire the merger of Porter Military Academy, Gaud School, and Watt School under the leadership of Berkeley Grimball.
Campus in 1965
By 1980, the school was bursting at the seams. The Fine Arts program was expanding and needed a home for students interested in music, theatre, and the visual arts. Gywnette Auditorium and the Berkely Grimball Music Building were constructed, as well as Buxton Hall to expand the Lower School. By the late-1990s, the campus expanded again with the realignment of Albemarle Road and the construction of the Science & Technology Building, Singleton Field (stadium) and the Wendell Center.
Campus in 1997
By 2004, a dedicated building was built for the Lower School that then housed our Kindergarten program, and is now home to our First Grade. There was also an extensive expansion of Washington Hall (dining hall).
In 2009, the Fathers Association completed the Tamsberg Pavillion at Singleton Field. That same year, the James J. Scott III and Class of 1974 Fitness Center was completed in memory of James J. Scott III ’74, a Porter-Gaud alumnus and exceptional scholar-athlete. Former Board of Trustees chair Robert Scott and his family, along with members of the Class of 1974, generously donated funds to build the Fitness Center. The track at Singleton Field was resurfaced in 2012, elevating our athletic facilities to some of the finest in the entire state.
Campus in 2014
The evolution of the Albemarle campus continues with the $25 million reNEWal campaign to transform the campus and its facilities into a flagship of academic excellence and innovation. Over the next five years, construction will include a new Upper School with a new library and computer science labs, a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center with the addition of 3,000 square feet in renovated space for our fine arts programs, and a new Chapel as a dedicated sacred space for all who seek fellowship and truth.
Campus After reNEWal