Designed to drive innovative instruction and research, the Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics provides the latest technology in lab, classroom, and collaborative learning spaces to meet the growing demand for high-level math and science courses and experiences. This state-of-the-art learning space, which opened in August 2018, allows students to conduct primary research onsite.

Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics

Facility Highlights:

  • Eight dedicated science labs with prep rooms for the study of
    • Engineering and robotics
    • Biology and anatomy
    • Biology technology
    • Environmental biology
    • Physics (2 labs)
    • Chemistry (2 labs)
  • Eight math classrooms
  • Two study lounges
  • Individualized meeting space for small group instruction

Our new building is nicer than the college labs and classrooms where I've taught! This building gives us the space to stimulate students' curiosity and the flexibility to use it whenever they are ready.

Dr. Brittany Lott, chemistry teacher

Generous $3 million Gift from the Purdy Family

A special thank you to Verl and Sandra Purdy, Steve '87 and Beth Purdy, J. Scott Purdy and Claire Purdy, and James Yuhas and Susan Purdy Yuhas '85 for their exceptional $3 million gift to name the Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics. Fittingly, the Purdy family, which represent three generations of scientists, has enjoyed great entrepreneurial business success through the very skills that will be emphasized in the new academic center, including creative problem-solving in math and science, integrative technology, collaboration, and research. 

"We are so appreciative of this commitment from a family dedicated to science education," says Head of School Mark Reed. "It speaks volumes about the value alumni and parents of alumni place on the education their families receive at Country Day."

"Strong math and science education will continue to drive this country forward in terms of innovation. Investing in this way at Country Day is an opportunity to not only carry the sciences forward, but also to give back to a place that has so influenced our lives."
—Steve Purdy '87