Governor helps LTS celebrate Fieldhouse

Gov. Phil Scott an Seth Lindfield head of school at Long Trail School, left, listen as Dorset Select Board member Liz Ruffa tells a story after the ceremony for LTS’ new Fieldhouse that was completed over the summer.

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:15 am

By Darren Marcy, Manchester Journal

DORSET — Long Trail School held a celebration of its new campus addition Friday, Sept. 13, with the student body and guests turning out to fete its new fieldhouse and the vision behind it.

The fieldhouse was constructed thanks to the generous donations of anonymous donors who did not want to be recognized, which head of school Seth Linfield honored.

“The destiny which the fieldhouse heralds does not arise in a vacuum,” Linfield said. “We thank the generous anonymous donors who fully funded this project and retired our school’s historical debt. You know who you are — we say thank you again and again. Our thanks can be seen daily in the joy on our students’ faces and in their remarkable achievements.”

This year will herald the first time a Long Trail School basketball team will be able to truly play a home game, which Linfield acknowledged with humor about the longest road trip in school history.

But having a home court to play its games on matters, and LTS senior Kathryn Dugan knows what it will mean to have truly have a home court, but it means more than just wearing the home whites.

“This fieldhouse in which we are currently standing adds another facility to foster student growth,” Dugan said. “This is not simply a building, but an opportunity. For the soccer teams to build together even in the most inclement weather. For students of all ages to learn about personal fitness and the best ways to live a healthy life. For the rock climbing team to practice and compete without the lengthy drive to Rutland. For the basketball teams to at last be able to play in their true home gym, bringing the community together like never before.”

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