School NewsJun 23, 2022

updated Jun 23, 2022

James K. Ervin Tennis Complex

Support Miss Hall’s athletics, promote girls' wellbeing, and honor a dedicated teacher and friend to so many

Jim Ervin had a dream: to create tennis courts at Miss Hall’s worthy of the promise of athletics for the wellbeing of girls.

And now, with the blessing of his family, we are excited to prioritize this project and honor memories from his three decades of service to Miss Hall's — not only inside the math classroom, but also as a coach, geology teacher, Assistant Head of School, and mentor.

More than $800,000 has been raised toward the $1.1M cost of building the James K. Ervin Tennis Complex at MHS. We must have all funding in hand before we are able to break ground.

Gifts of all sizes are warmly welcomed and will be acknowledged in the School’s Annual Report and to Mr. Ervin’s family. In addition:

  • Contributions of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a dedicatory plaque
  • Gifts of $5000 or more will be distinguished as Champions of this initiative
  • Donors of $10,000 or more will be recognized as Leaders in the Be Bold Campaign that will go public this fall
  • Gifts of $100,000 or more can be recognized in the naming of individual courts

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With high expectations, boundless encouragement, and a commitment to access and support for all students, Jim Ervin believed that the transformation of students’ lives should be grounded in warmth, support, and respect. Many members of our community remembered him fondly when he passed away in March, 2022.

Mr. Ervin believed passionately in the power of tennis to build friendships, community, teamwork, a sense of personal achievement, and mental fortitude for all who play.

At Miss Hall’s, girl-centered athletics are powerful and life-enhancing. Participation in sports builds confidence, resilience, and determination — the hallmarks of all Miss Hall’s graduates.

Any student can learn tennis, even with no prior experience or athletic ability, making it exceedingly accessible. In fact, tennis has been a fixture at MHS since the first courts were built in 1926.

Integral to the Master Plan and the future of a sustainable Miss Hall’s, the James K. Ervin Tennis Complex will feature state-of-the-art tennis and pickleball courts.

Your contribution will keep Miss Hall’s students healthy, athletics competitive, and our campus vibrant.

Donors to the Project

Mrs. Nancy G. Ault ’73
Mrs. Kirby Barit-Niven ’72
Mrs. Pamela T. Burkland ’72
Ms. Bonnie Campbell-Perkins ’57
Mrs. Susan Chollet ’62
Mrs. Susan H. Colvin ’72
Alexi Grenadier Conine ’92
Ms. Paige M. Covert ’87
Ms. Veronique C. de La Bruyere ’75
The Laurel Hill Fund, Barbara Thatcher Donaldson ’72
Lee Dubin ’71
Jennifer Vitale Dueble ’90
Ms. Kathleen C. Graff ’62
Ms. Laura H. Harris ’74
Fletcher Hodges (Chantel ’52+)
Nancy Van Vleck Housel ’72
Ms. Jody G. Howard ’87
Ms. Ann C. Landenberger ’72
Ms. Jennifer Martin ’72
Lynn Steppacher Martin ’71
Loulie Safe Mauran ’52
Paula Leuchs Moats McNay ’72
Dr. Cheryl Mitchell
Ms. Debbie Neal ’72
The Olver family - John, Rose, and Martha ’88
Ms. Hilary Prouty ’62
Ms. Rebecca Rice ’72
Mrs. Wendy Robbins ’87
Jennifer Perkins Speers ’71
Mrs. Kristine K. Vallandingham ’94

Please write Tennis in the comments box to make sure your gift is properly designated. Thank you in advance for your contribution!