The Lehrman Atrium has a brand new look that honors the past and recognizes who Landon student-athletes are today. A new mural, large television screens, and pictures of current varsity teams are three of the new elements with the twin goals of creating a timeless space intertwined with school spirit and tradition.
The new pictures that wrap around the walls of the atrium are interchangeable so that future athletes can be featured that will periodically give the space new life, said Athletic Director Bill Brady.
There are more than 25 pictures on the wall that include alumni such as current Northwestern University swimmer Jacob Rosner ’20, and DC United soccer player Kris Fletcher ’23. Athletes from the past include wrestler Todd Boehly ’91 and tennis player Fred McNair ’69.
The photos of current varsity teams are a feature Brady thought was particularly important to showcase to our community. “It’s a way to remind people of our teacher-coach-mentors ... that we are a school that really leans into [the TCM model],” he added.
Graphic design company Cloud Gehshan from Philadelphia, PA led the design plans for the Atrium, with input from the athletics, alumni, and communications offices during the two-year process. Upper School Spanish Teacher and Head Varsity Track and Field Coach Griffin Gagnon, Assistant Director of Communications Katrina Bush, and Assistant to the Athletics Director Jack Willson were particularly helpful, said Brady.
When the school year starts, two high-resolution monitors across from the Riddleberger Gym will display an athlete of the week. New Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications Meg Klingelhofer will lead the effort to highlight the athletes, along with overseeing Landon’s athletic social media accounts and webpages. Local audio-visual systems company Avitecture provided and installed the monitors.