Celebrating the Dedication of the Bowl

On the brisk fall evening of October 25, guests gathered to celebrate the official dedication of the newly renovated Bowl, one of Lawrenceville’s most iconic outdoor spaces.

A gift from the Davis family, the upgraded space features new lighting, fresh landscaping, new marble stairs, and a reconstructed brick wall embedded with five inspirational quotes, each selected by Chris Davis P’06 ’07 ’18.

“The Bowl greeted us with arms open when we first arrived on campus, and it cloaked us in good will as we prepared to leave,” said Board of Trustees President Michael Chae ’86 at the dedication. “Resembling a larger-than-life Harkness table, the Bowl brings the Lawrenceville experience ‘full circle.’”

Although the Davis family was unable to attend the dedication, Chae and Head Master Steve Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 ’21 acknowledged the family’s role in breathing new life into the space.

“Now, with its upgrades and improvements, the Bowl is prepared to accommodate the next generation of Lawrentians, and for that, we are truly grateful,” said Murray.

He noted that the renovated Bowl is only the most recent expression of the Davis family’s connection to Lawrenceville. The Davis family legacy includes the Honorable Shelby Cullom Davis, Class of 1926, for whom the Head Master’s chair is named, as well as the Davis Scholars Program, which aims to promote cross-cultural understanding by increasing the international student population in American independent secondary schools.

A ribbon-cutting by Chae and Head Master Murray made the dedication official. Murray also thanked campus and external partners who helped make the renovated Bowl a reality, recalling how the School hired Boston architectural firm Delano and Aldrich in the 1920s to create a secondary campus in the Georgian Revival style, with the Bowl serving as its centerpiece.

“Perhaps predicting the oval of the Harkness table – with Pop Hall at the head and the Second Form Houses Dawes and Raymond flanking the sides – the Bowl is symbolic of the part of the Lawrenceville experience that takes place outside the classroom,” Murray said.

“The Bowl is the place where students from 30 states and 34 countries meet as acquaintances and evolve into lifelong friends,” he continued. “It is home to spontaneous concerts, alumni and parent tailgates, and serves as a daily walking path for students to and from class. And, of course, Lawrentians come full circle at Commencement, in the same place they got to know one another as Second Formers.”

Following the remarks, Lawrenceville Chaplain Rev. Sue Ann Steffey Morrow H’12 delivered a blessing to close the ceremony.

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