Our Campus Facilities
The Masters School’s extensive wooded and lawned 96-acre campus is on a hilltop in Dobbs Ferry, a historic village with a sloping geography and beautiful waterfront on the Hudson River. A five-minute walk from the campus lookout over the Hudson brings students down to the heart of town, and a 40-minute train ride from there brings faculty and students to New York City. The campus is impressively serene, with park-like spaces, woods, paths, and athletic fields. Here students find a sense of community and security and enjoy an environment that is conducive to learning.
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Named in honor of the School’s founder, Eliza Bailey Masters, Masters Hall, which dates back to 1921, is the academic hub of the School. Renovated in 1972 following a devastating fire and again in 2005, it is a state-of-the-art facility for the twenty-first century. The building features the completely refurbished 30,000-volume Pittsburgh Library and McKnight Reading Room where students conduct research with expert guidance from an academic librarian; upper school academic classrooms with Harkness tables and ceiling-mounted LCD projectors; a digital media lab, language lab, and computer lab; and administration and faculty offices.
Opened in fall 2004, Morris Hall is the science and technology center named in honor of Life Trustee Susan Follett Morris ’57 and William Morris, and its lobby is named the Coburn Hall Fisher Lobby in honor of Cobey Fisher, Class of 1965. The building houses classrooms with Harkness tables and fully-equipped science laboratories for teaching biology, physics, environmental science, and chemistry; faculty offices; two computer studies rooms; and a special lab for independent research.
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Designed to stimulate the intellectual and social capacities of our fifth through eighth graders, the Middle School building opened in January 2005. It houses twelve spacious classrooms; the Great Hall, which accommodates the entire Middle School for morning meeting, assemblies, and special events for the entire school; common areas on each floor for informal meetings and socializing; an art classroom and kiln; and a music room with keyboards.
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The campus has five expansive playing fields--Evans Family Field, Reunion Field, West Field, Pamela Clarke Field, and the Greene Family Field and Track--as well as eight tennis courts and the new 75,000 sq. ft. Maureen Fonseca Athletics and Arts Center (see below for more details).
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The Dining Hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily for boarding and day students and is the site of many student and faculty hosted dinners and community events.
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Actors, musicians, singers, and dancers perform in the spectacular 450-seat theatre, which is also the School’s gathering place where the entire Upper School assembles most mornings to begin the academic day.
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Strayer Hall houses the School’s Gymnasium, Fitness Center, Dance Studio and Music Center.
In a superb two-story art studio adjacent to the theatre, students fashion their own original art in a full spectrum of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. A digital media lab and darkroom are located nearby.
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One of the School’s oldest buildings, Estherwood is a neo-renaissance mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses faculty in apartments on the upper floors, and the first floor and grounds offer a unique setting for school parties and programs. Student chamber music ensembles perform in Estherwood and each year, drama students present one-act plays in one of the mansion’s magnificent rooms. (Scenes from Law and Order and several feature films have been shot at Estherwood.)
Located on the second floor of Strayer Hall, in The Masters School Music Center talented on-campus and adjunct faculty—many of whom are performing musicians—offer an expansive music curriculum tailored to each student’s interests and goals. The center features ten individual practice rooms, a Glee Club and Orchestra room, and a digital recording studio.
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The new Maureen Fonseca Center for Athletics and Arts is a dynamic addition to The Masters School. Highlights of the 75,000-square-foot building include: state-of-the-art fencing facility, six-lane competition swimming pool, four squash courts, fitness center, running track and a gymnasium with a regulation basketball court, two practice courts and two volleyball courts. From an arts perspective, the new facility features two dance studios, a large art gallery, music rehearsal and performance space, an experimental black box theater and media arts lab as well as a video and photography studio.
To find out more please head to the New Maureen Fonseca Center for Athletics and Arts