The Kiski School Unveils its new $8.3 million Ross Athletic Center with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Homecoming, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:30 p.m

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The new indoor athletic center offers 7,500 new square feet comprising a new multi-purpose training area for soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and baseball, as well as new weight and cardio rooms.

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Christopher Brueningsen, Headmaster of The Kiski School says, "The Ross Athletic Center will reflect our dedication to high standards at Kiski."

The Kiski School, the all-male college preparatory high school located in Saltsburg, PA, will hold a formal Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new $8.3 million indoor Ross Athletic Center during the School’s annual Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm. Kiski’s new indoor Athletic Center will be the final major capital renovation project in what has become a ten-year campus renovation plan and capital raising program.

The new indoor 7,500 square ft. athletic center includes a new multi-purpose indoor training area for soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and baseball, as well as new weight and cardio training rooms and the total renovation of the existing basketball, wrestling, and swimming areas. The Ross Athletic Center will also house athletic department offices and meeting rooms and features major upgrades to locker and equipment rooms, storage areas, as well as a satellite bookstore and a concession stand. The athletic center’s façade keeps with the traditional Kiski campus-wide appearance, but the inside is floor-to-ceiling windows giving it a modern, bright environment with “green elements” throughout the building. In 2013, Kiski constructed the Carroll “Beano” Cook Memorial Outdoor Athletic Complex, the Donald H. Jones Stadium, and the Orr Track and Field. The cost of the entire athletic project has totaled $10 million.

Chairman of Kiski’s Board of Trustees and 1989 Kiski alumnus, John W. Jacob stated, “The remaking of our indoor athletic center is truly our capstone renovation project. It is the crowning achievement of current campus master plan. The Ross Athletic Center will allow Kiski to complete what has been a decade of campus-wide renewal and an exciting time of revival for the School. We all look forward to the use of the center for our students, faculty, and staff.”

Headmaster Christopher A. Brueningsen said, “The Ross Athletic Center will reflect our dedication to the high standards at Kiski. We believe the concepts of team work, sportsmanship, perseverance, and hard work toward a common goal, as learned through athletic competition, are invaluable lessons Kiski graduates carry with them for the rest of their lives. The Ross Athletic Center is needed to further strengthen the educational experience at the School as all Kiski boys are required to participate in a sport during each season of the year. The expanded and renovated year-round indoor Athletic Center will enhance the opportunities for all of our students to become even more involved at the School and with our strong athletic programs.”

Christopher Spahn, Director of Athletics says, “The students can’t wait to use the new facility and equipment. This is a new chapter in an already well-storied athletic history.”

Kiski’s last major campaign concluded in 2009 and raised money to support the initial phase of the School’s campus improvement plan which featured the renovation and expansion of two major dormitories, the renovation of the main classroom building, Heath S. Clark Hall, and upgrades made to the Rogers Fine Arts Center. These improvements were followed by the construction of the $3.8 million Swank Student Center.

Associate Headmaster for Institutional Advancement, Steven T. Szilagyi ’88, stated, “Our current capital campaign, Leadership for the 21st-Century Campaign, has a total goal of $25 million which we expect to reach and exceed by the summer of 2016. The Ross Athletic Center is the School’s capstone building project. We remain thankful to our generous trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the School because their strategic investments in these projects have allowed our students and faculty to directly benefit from this exciting time of rejuvenation and growth at Kiski.”

Kiski recently added additional safety features to campus including a new entrance and a 24-hour manned security station. In addition, several other projects have been completed including expansion and renovation of MacColl Hall into a modern and energy-efficient dormitory incorporating a “living laboratory” for the study of energy consumption. Kiski renovated the outdoor swimming pool, basketball court, and tennis courts and added new kitchen and dining hall equipment. Kiski has continued to raise new funding to support the arts, the technology program, the sciences, the leadership and entrepreneurial studies programs, the financial aid program, and the School’s endowment.

The Kiski School, a premier boarding and day school, located 30-miles east of Pittsburgh, celebrates 128 years of preparing young men from grades 9-12 to succeed in college and in life. Kiski is known for expertise in educating boys. For more information about Kiski and its academics and athletics, visit

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