The Hill School Campus
Hill’s 137 acre campus provides a uniquely child-friendly setting for the school and offers a significant asset for the community.
The campus was expanded by 133 acres in 1991 and 1992 through the magnanimous gifts of land from Stephen C. Clark Jr. and his daughter, Hill alumna Jane Forbes Clark. As a result, the Board of Trustees and school leadership were able to develop a comprehensive master plan which was completed between 1993-2003 through the vision, generosity, and hard work of the school community.
Most of the daily school life occurs in the northeast quadrant of the campus. The academic and co-curricular facilities are separated by small courtyards and are connected by a central brick walkway. Traffic circles and parking areas are located on the perimeter so there are no cars in the central campus.
The campus reflects several important philosophical tenets of the school, two of which are: 1) that we value both the academic and co-curricular programs. By having excellent facilities for every activity—from reading and science to the arts and athletics—the students understand that everything they do is integral to their education; and 2) that we believe in a strong sense of community. The village-like design allows everyone to see and greet one another—children of all ages as well as teachers and staff—as they walk to and from their classes.
The athletic fields, the amphitheater, the walking and running trails, the arboretum, the science center, ponds and wetlands are to the south and west of the buildings and encompass most of the land. Five of the fifteen school-owned faculty houses are on or contiguous to the campus.
As the school approaches its centennial in 2026, maintaining and preserving Hill’s open space setting is a top priority for the Board of Trustees. This commitment ensures that children and adults will be able to enjoy and benefit from the campus for generations to come.
This building houses the reception area, administrative offices, the Alumni Conference Room, the Library, 7th and 8th grade homerooms, a computer lab, and classrooms.
Lower School Building
This building provides homerooms and adjacent breakout rooms to junior kindergarten through third grade students. The building also houses the lower school science room, a kitchen, a computer lab, tutoring rooms, and a faculty work room.
Science and Classroom Building
Made possible by a gift from the James J. Wilson family, this building houses the Upper School science classroom, homerooms for grades four, five, and six, and three small-group classrooms.
This open and light-filled building provides students an inspiring and inviting setting to study art and to draw, paint, sculpt, and create original works of art.
The Athletic Center is an exceptional facility for students to learn and grow as athletes and to learn the value of teamwork. Activities include lower school sports classes, basketball, gymnastics, and the climbing wall, and the Center provides a rainy day location for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. It is also the venue for the Holiday Program, the annual Auction, Graduation, and community events.
This building honors the memory of the Reverend Richard T.C. Peard, a beloved Hill School Trustee and friend. It provides rooms for music, both choral and stringed instruments, as well as a lunchroom and kitchen.
The Compass Rose in the reception area “When you find your place in this world, remember to help others find theirs” articulates an ethos embraced by the entire school community.
Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center
The generosity and vision of Sheila C. Johnson made the expansion and renovation of the Performing Arts possible. It includes a reception area, a dance studio, a classroom, office areas, and beautifully designed and
well-equipped theatre. In addition to funding the construction of this project, Sheila Johnson established an endowment to support the facility and program—thereby ensuring that the performing arts would thrive at Hill for generations to come.
Arundel Family Library
Made possible by the generosity of the Arthur W. (Nick) Arundel family, this library is a warm and inspiring setting for children to develop a love of reading and learning. It includes a collection of over 16,000 volumes, computers and on-line resources, two study rooms, and areas for reading and quiet work.
Built in 1977 in honor of William H. Leachman Jr. by his family and friends, this building served as the music classroom for many years, and is currently the Latin classroom. It was rededicated in 2010 in memory of Hill parent and alumnus William H Leachman III ’74 as well as his father.
The lower school playground provides children an area to swing, slide, play in the sand, kick the soccer ball – a place to simply enjoy being a child. The playground was redesigned and rebuilt, through the generosity and vision of The Wiley Family and their many friends, in the summer of 2012 in memory of Hugh Wiley, class of 2018.
Overlooking the Bull Run Mountains, the amphitheater includes a stage and seating area for three hundred. It provides a scenic and inspiring venue for school assemblies, concerts, plays, and community events.
The School is fortunate to have four playing fields, a baseball diamond, walking and running trails, a pond, wetlands, and an arboretum on its 137 acre campus. The use of the grounds is integral to the school’s academic and co-curricular programs as well as a source of pleasure and recreation for the children and adults of our community throughout the year. Polly Rowley, parent and grandparent of Hill School students, provided the vision and leadership for the creation and development of the arboretum.
Dornin Science Center
Named in honor of Robert T. Dornin, a beloved Hill School science teacher (1960-85), this facility on the southern edge of the campus serves as both a science classroom and a venue for community events such as class picnics and dinners, and the annual All-School Country Fair.
The Gunnell Family Community Garden is also located on the grounds of the Dornin Center.
The school owns fifteen houses, nine of which were donated by friends of the school. The Board of Trustees and school leadership are committed to helping our faculty and staff have access to affordable housing in the community. This program has been central to the school’s success in attracting and retaining its faculty and staff.