The Campaign for Grymes

Gifted faculty and staff, small classes, and a rural campus create a special place for children to do what they were born to do: explore, discover, create, work, and grow in their own ways, knowing that they are seen, known, and loved at every turn.

The Campaign for Grymes is a strategic investment in our school, building on a 75-year strong foundation. We seek to bring our campus up to the exceptional level of our faculty and programs with this bold vision to enhance the facilities used daily. We hope you will join us in our exciting endeavor.

  • Build robust arts and athletics facilities
  • Enhance classrooms, library, and STEM labs
  • Develop campus for greater outdoor learning
  • Strengthen community partnerships

Campaign News

Center for the Arts is Named!

A recent $1 million campaign gift was made to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Penny Work. The Grymes Board of Trustees will name the soon-to-be renovated school auditorium The Penny Work Center for the Arts, to honor her leadership and legacy as the eleventh Head of School at Grymes.

Campaign for Grymes
$9M of our $12M Goal has been raised! 75%

Building for the Next 75 - A Bold Vision

Arts & Athletic Center

Spacious, versatile, and timeless design vital to the needs of Grymes and the broader community

  • Supports established theater, music, and art programs currently in limited or shared space.
  • Nourishes time-honored traditions focused on character, leadership, and public speaking.
  • Expands space for daily physical education classes and essential athletic programs.
  • Provides venue for dynamic summer camps for youth in the region.
  • Enables greater engagement with local organizations through athletic, cultural, and community events.


Make an impact with a gift to the campaign.

The Campaign for Grymes: Building for the Next 75
Campaign Cabinet

Campaign Co-Chairs

Philip Strange 

Philip Thornton P’26 

Randy Merrick ’69, P’03,’08

Honorary Co-Chairs

Tom Bond P’81,’86,’92

Jim Collins P’09,’11

Betty Gardner GP’07,’11

Campaign Executives

Jonathan Brand P‘22,’23,’25,’27,’30

Franklin Daniels P‘19

Page Sullenberger P’84,‘88, GP’16,‘19

Campaign Cabinet

Pat Barnhardt, P ’97,‘00

Jonathan Brand,

Arthur Bryant ’79, P’05,‘08,‘14

 Franklin Daniels, P’19

Pam Hudson, P’03,‘06

Betty Long, GP’26,‘31

Randy Merrick ’69, P’03,’08

Andrew & Kim Oliver,

 Peter & Peggy Rice,
P’83,‘85,‘93, GP’23,‘27

Molly Seeley ’05

Frazier & Meghan Stowers, P’32

Philip Strange

Page Sullenberger,
P’84,‘88, GP’16,‘19

Philip & Kelly Thornton, P’26

Contact us today for more information.

Jonathan Brand
Head of School

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