Gunston cuts the ribbon on its Heron House and expands athletic offerings
CENTREVILLE — Gunston School recently cut the ribbon for its new student athletic center — Heron House.
Overlooking the Corsica River, Heron House involved a major conversation and expansion of the former headmaster’s residence, a news release states. The space has been transformed into a 3,000 square foot facility that includes a fitness and workout space for all students, team rooms, provisions for environmental teaching and learning, and event facilities for Gunston’s nationally competitive crew and sailing teams.
“Heron House reflects the essence of our waterfront campus, and the vision of our Board of Trustees to convert Heron House for athletic use was tremendous, especially with nearly 40 percent of our studentathletes competing in waterfront athletics,” said Jon Mellinger, Gunston’s director of athletics.
With Gunston’s enrollment growing to more than 200 students, the school will also be expanding athletic offerings, the release states. The addition of Heron House will facilitate the growth of four new athletic offerings — triathlon and softball will make their de- but in the spring of 2019, while golf and cross country will launch during the 20192020 school year.
All four of these sports will utilize existing campus facilities as well as wider community facilities, the release states.
“We’re very excited about these new additions,” said Gunston Headmaster John Lewis. “Between the athletics and admissions departments, we’ve spent a lot of time and energy thinking about our areas of strength and potential growth within athletics. We’ve generated a lot of excitement amongst the student body and I am excited to see these of- ferings take shape. We’re also excited about the high quality coaching that these sports will enjoy. Our Athletic Director Jon Mellinger is a former collegiate runner at St. Lawrence, and is currently a nationally competitive triathlete.”
Gunston supports 17 interscholastic programs and 7 fitness programs for its student-athletes — requiring all students to participate in two seasons of athletics each year, the release states. These offerings will help expand an already robust offering to reach additional areas of interest and potential competitive success.
Gunston’s trustees, coaches and building committee, join Headmaster John Lewis, Student Government Association President Caroline Roser and Athletic Director Jon Mellinger in cutting the ribbon on Heron House, the school’s new student athletic center.
Gunston School recently celebrated the opening of its new student athletic center — Heron House.