Gunston School cuts ribbon on Heron House
CENTREVILLE — The Gunston School recently cut the ribbon for its new student athletic center: Heron House.
Overlooking the Corsica River, Heron House involved a major conversion and expansion of the former Headmaster’s residence, which 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 student-athletes competing in waterfront athletics,” said Jon Mellinger, Gunston’s director of athletics.
With Gunston’s enrollment growing to over 200 students, the school also will expand athletic offerings. The addition of Heron House will facilitate the growth of four new programs — triathlon and softball will make their debut in spring 2019, while golf and cross country will launch during the 2019-2020 school year. All four of these sports will use existing campus facilities and wider community facilities.
“We’re very excited about these new additions,” Gunston Headmaster John Lewis said. “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 offerings 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 seven fitness programs for its student-athletes — requiring all students to participate in two seasons of athletics each year. 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 new student athletic center.