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Severn School opens new athletic center this week, part of a $20 million, three-building expansion

Baltimore Sun  |  Susan Gvozdas `Prepared for the 21st century' When Kristyn Kuhn started working at Severn School in the early 1990s, students were still using the original 1922 dining hall and a gym and academic buildings from the 1960s. Plays were performed in a basement where low ceilings made staging the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet a claustrophobic experience. "Juliet's head was bumping into a sprinkler head on the ceiling," said Kuhn, now the school's director of communications and the parent of two sons in the upper school. "There were great programs, but the facilities...

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Severn School plans to build a new gym

The Baltimore Sun  |  Julie Scharper The Severn School plans to start construction soon on a new gym and fitness center with help from a $5 million gift - the largest in the school's history - from a Baltimore-based developer. A charitable foundation set up by Edward A. St. John, founder and CEO of St. John Properties Inc., announced the gift to the private middle and high school yesterday. Construction on the $10 million Edward St. John Athletic Center, which will feature a multipurpose field house with two basketball courts, could begin as early as this summer, said Kristyn Kuhn,...