New City School Dedicates the Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab

On Friday, October 16th, Head of School Alexis Wright, a very small group of former Board Presidents, and former faculty celebrated the dedication and opening of New City’s newest classroom, The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab.

Due to current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and regulations, we were unable to invite our full community to attend this event in person. In lieu of the larger celebration that we had initially hoped for, we hope you enjoy this videorecording of the dedication ceremony:

The Innovation Lab consists of 2,500 square feet of adaptable classroom space with tools and materials for students to build, tinker and dream. This bright, airy and inspiring classroom is located in the old boiler room, on the south side of the building, under the 1st Grade wing.

The classroom space is dedicated to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) concepts and Multiple Intelligences (MI) curricula. The space is named in honor of Tom Hoerr, the school’s longest-serving head of school, who led New City from 1981 – 2015. Tom was the driving force behind New City’s adoption of an MI-based curriculum in the 1980s, which continues to be integral to New City’s mission. 

An Interview with Tom Hoerr

In honor of the dedication of The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab, our Director of Advancement, Shannon Reynolds, chatted with Tom.

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As a special surprise to Tom, we invited everyone in our greater community—families, faculty, alumni, and friends—to submit a video in honor of the Innovation Lab dedication. There were two prompts for the video: 1. What is your favorite memory of Tom and, 2: If you could design a tie for Tom, what would it look like? Submissions were compiled into the below video:

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