Stirn Hall and White House Grand Opening Weekend

Saturday, August 20

7:00 pm  |  Leadership Donor Preview Reception
By invitation only

8:30 pm  |  All Community Music & Fireworks
The entire Hawken community is invited
to fireworks on the Great Lawn
DonutLab and Chill Pop Shop treats
will be available for purchase
Fireworks will begin 30 minutes after sunset

Please note: Stirn Hall will not be open for tours
Saturday night, as we will be making last minute
preparations for Sunday's Grand Opening

Important notes:
  • The main entrance on County Line Road will be closed.  Please use the Sherman Road entrance and athletic field lots for parking. A shuttle will be available from the athletic lots to Smith Lobby.
  • In order to avoid areas still under construction, please walk through Smith Lobby in the Athletic Center and exit from the south entrance. From there take the walking paths to the White House, where you will find a festive mood in full swing as the Hawken Jazz Band performs on the Terrace, with DonutLab and Chill Pop Shop trucks situated on the White House Circle.
  • Please note that we have been receiving lots of rain, so plan on bringing a tarp and/or lawn chairs to watch the fireworks, which will begin 30 minutes after sunset.
  • Our lawns are not yet planted, so there is a lot of mud and also some temporary surfaces. Please do not walk in these areas. There are plenty of concrete pathways to stay on. Look for signs and pay attention to them.
  • There are several great viewing spots for fireworks. Refer to the map below for optimal viewing areas.

Sunday, August 21

1:00 pm — 4:00 pm  |  Grand Opening Open House

12465 County Line Road 
Hawken School Gates Mills Campus 

Tour Stirn Hall, our new state-of-the-art high school building, and take in the Hawken Upper School student experience.

Explore the 115,000 square feet of new and renovated academic and performance space. Meet Hawken faculty, staff, coaches and college counselors.

  • Cutting edge two-story Science Wing
  • Innovative two-story Learning Commons
  • Fabrication Lab and Media And Communications Lab including
    • music, choral and dance space
    • editing suite
    • media lab
    • media production studio
  • Thirty-seven new 500 – 1200 square foot classrooms
  • Five room college counseling suite
  • Dedicated Writing and Learning Centers
  • Student cafe and brilliance bar
  • Ropes & challenge course
  • 300 acres of green and athletic space 
  • And much more!

Bring the whole family for an afternoon festival including inflatables, face painting, juggler, stilt walkers and a campus-wide scavenger hunt.

Important notes:
  • Return back to campus and take part in the continued celebration by taking your first tour of Stirn Hall!
  • We will have children’s activities, including a fun scavenger hunt, and there will also be opportunities to experience hands-on learning in the Fab Lab, M.A.C. (Media and Communications Lab), Science Wing, Challenge Course and much more.
12465 County Line Road, Gates Mills Campus 

Hawken School | Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106