Imagine… Murray Innovation Center
Imagine... technologically-enhanced environments for expanded course offerings in every academic discipline to accommodate the tremendous growth of our student-body. Doubling the size of the current high school building will open new opportunities for success.
Since MPCS moved to its current location 16 years ago, the high school has experienced tremendous growth in enrollment (138 in 2003, 450 in 2019) all while housed primarily in Dozier Hall, which was designed to accommodate just 250 students. The space demands created by increased enrollment and a shifting curricular emphasis urgently requires a state-of-the-art innovation center addition, providing needed facilities for bright, committed, and God-honoring students. This center will provide the necessary environment to academically prepare our young servant-leaders.
Imagine... A Vision for the Future
Young people grow into Christ-following adults with extraordinary intentionality. When acquisition of knowledge and biblical principles are intertwined in every aspect of a child’s development, young learners are grounded, confident, and mature Christian adults who understand joy-filled purpose and calling. That is why MPCS exists and why an MPCS education is so profoundly meaningful – for college, life, and eternity.
As we now turn our focus to the $12 million high school expansion and the completion of the overall campaign goal of $31.7 million, our prayer continues to be that we are faithful stewards of the Lords' blessings to forever benefit the students of MPCS. We invite you to play a part in imagining tomorrow.
History of the Imagine Tomorrow Capital Campaign
A Vision Coming to Fruition
Mount Paran Christian School has taken a major step toward the vision of becoming the exemplary Christian school in the metropolitan Atlanta area by launching the Imagine Tomorrow Capital Campaign. The goal is to expand academics, arts, and athletic facilities and programs, while continuing to grow the Annual Fund each year. This campaign is not about buildings. It is about the continued commitment and enhanced ability to provide “academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment.”
Now complete, the first two phases of the campus expansion projects associated with the Imagine Tomorrow campaign are listed to the right. The final phase 3 (outlined above) to build an innovation center expansion of high school is currently in the strategic planning process and is scheduled to break ground in 2020.
PHASE 1: Murray Arts Center
In late 2007, this $38 million state-of-the-art performing arts facility was successfully acquired for $16.5 million with a generous lead gift of $10 million from the Stuart and Eulene Murray Foundation. Completing the purchase by raising the remaining $6.5 million was the first priority of the campaign, and was achieved by December 2012. The Murray Art Center features, among other spaces:
- 577- seat concert hall and theater
- An oversized black box theater
- Three dance studios
- Orchestral and choral rehearsal suites
- Grand reception hall
- Recording studio and video production suite
- Classrooms and sound-proof practice spaces
PHASE 2: ATHLETIC STADIUM
Following the 2014 football State championship win and generous cash donations totaling $3 million, the Catherine Steele Sewell Stadium was completed in August 2015. This beautiful, well-appointed facility serves sports and performance teams as they compete (football, soccer, track/field, cheerleading, marching band, lacrosse). The 2,500 seat stadium includes:
- Turf field
- Ticket center
- Sports medicine center
- Concessions and consumer plaza
- Track surface
- Press box
- Locker room
Thank you to all MPCS friends, families, grandparents, staff, alumni, and students for attending the "imagine..." kick-off event. We hope you were inspired by the plans presented by the Murray Innovation Center architect Danish Kurani, as well as by the stories from our students, teachers, and campaign leadership. If you missed it, click above to watch the video recapping the event experience.
View the VIRTUAL REALITY experience here! Just click the link below on your phone and place in your VR goggles (a.k.a. your event invitation). Be sure to toggle the goggle picture button to go into VR mode, and tap the arrows left/right to see a second conceptual space inside the Murray Innovation Center.
*NOTE: for iPhone iOS users who have already upgraded to the most recent 12.2 update - change your settings to enable the “motion and orientation access” toggle. Just go to: settings > safari > motion & orientation access, then toggle ON this option.
- Overdue space for STEAM classes
- Spaces to expand engineering and PLTW® courses
- Art and graphic design studios
- Maker space labs and materials
- Robotics construction area and fabrication lab
- Ideation zones and concepts gallery
- Test kitchen
- Digital theatre environments
- Student collaboration areas including chat and share rooms
- Dedicated space for our Directed Studies program, which serves students with learning challenges, helping them develop comprehensive strategies and problem-solving skills
- Cutting-edge, flexible space and equipment to catalyze and support creative, project-based intellectual inquiry and interdisciplinary instruction