Master Plan: Shaping Suffield’s Future

How can I contribute? For more information please contact Headmaster Cahn at or Director of Development Phil Riegel ’87 at
Suffield is an academically challenging, nurturing school with an intentional program for 410 students. The clarity of purpose has led to record levels of fundraising and support for the school, which has helped make the Suffield campus remarkably beautiful.

Over the past decade, new facilities have been constructed for academics, athletics, the arts, college counseling, residential life, yoga and mindfulness, dining, and student life. This has been made possible by more than $90 million of fundraising. Suffield has been executing a campus master plan endorsed by the Board of Trustees in 2011. Below is a brief history of our school and plans for the future.

1833: Suffield initially opened as the Connecticut Literary Institute. The school served as the town of Suffield’s secondary school with a small boarding population.

1939: A public high school opened in town and Suffield Academy’s future was jeopardized.

1952: The trustees hired a talented leader, Appleton Seaverns. It was during Ap’s tenure (1952 to 1972) that Suffield Academy was essentially built.

1992: David Holmes ’60 is named Suffield's Headmaster. He partners with Board President and Suffield classmate Bill Kotchen ’60 to reinvigorate the school. The academic and residential quadrangles are established and several facilities are constructed including Tremaine Arts Center, the Kotchen Quad Dormitories, Courtney Robinson ’88 Outdoor Leadership Center, and Centurion Hall.

2004: Charles Cahn III became Suffield’s Headmaster. His tenure has been marked by significant increases in the applicant pool and fundraising, and a dramatic strengthening of Suffield’s position in the independent school world.

2006-2010: A capital campaign—The Time is Now—raised more than $30 million. The campaign increased Suffield’s endowment and helped achieve two strategic goals for the campus: consolidating campus on the west side of Main Street, and creating distinctive quadrangles for academics and residential life.

2011-2017: Major campus construction projects have continued including Tisch Field House, Rockwell Hall, a turf field with lights, Guttag Music Center, Williams Performing Arts Studio, Hoffman College Counseling CenterHolcomb Science CenterStiles Walk, and an expanded Brewster Hall. All have made a dramatic impact on the campus. Brodie Hall and an expansion and renovation of Memorial Building
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