Nichols School Unveils New Student Commons

nichols school unveils student commons

Nichols School unveiled its brand new Student Commons facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon. This innovative new facility, which includes expanded dining, meeting and gathering spaces, is an exciting and long-awaited addition to the school's campus.

Students and faculty have already begun utilizing the new space for lunch during the school day and additional space during free blocks. A new multipurpose room overlooking Peek Field and Strauss Truscott Field can be used for lectures, meetings and presentations and features a large video screen and glass sliding door.

The Commons has wheelchair access and is climate-controlled. With the ability to host a variety of events from conferences and trainings to speaker series, receptions and alumni and class gatherings, the improved event space will serve as a go-to location for Nichols School and the greater Buffalo community. The vision for the new facility was born from the Campus Master Plan developed under the leadership of former Head of School Bill Clough.

Christopher D. Burner was formally installed as Nichols School's 13th Head of School during a convocation ceremony on Friday. Burner was joined for the ribbon cutting by City of Buffalo Deputy Mayor Ellen Grant, Nichols School Chief Financial Officer Dan Dolan, and representatives from RP Oak Hill, Flynn Battaglia Architects and IRD Corporation.

With a rich history over 128 years, Nichols School students are inspired to discover academic, athletic, creative and social growth with confidence, determination and joy. Faculty, staff and administration work to create an environment where students learn not only to be accepting of challenge, but encouraged by it. Nichols School was recently rated #1 among the Best Private High Schools in the Buffalo area by, and the school was also recognized as the top selection among Best Schools for STEM and Best Private School Teachers in Buffalo.

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