Ransom Everglades said goodbye to Timken Hall on Nov. 26, providing an emotional end to the round of demolition required to start construction on the new STEM Center. In a two-week period, a pair of hydraulic excavators knocked down three small non-academic buildings and Timken Hall to create room between the Lewis Family Auditorium and Cameron Hall for the new STEM Center and drop-off loop. The groundbreaking for the STEM Center is Dec. 13.
Timken Hall, which opened in 1959, memorialized Henry Timken '26, an influential trustee during a pivotal time in the school's history. Timken assisted with the reopening of the school after World War II; served on the nominating committee that brought in legendary headmaster Pete Cameron; and along with his brothers John Timken '31 and W. Robert Timken '28 offered a critical $75,000 donation in 1946, according to Honor and Excellence: A Century of Ransom Everglades School.
The Timkens continued their support of RE for years. Timken Hall at various times housed the school's business office, development office, bookstore, photo lab and Breakthrough Miami's on-campus office. Most recently, math and computer science classrooms and the school's technology office found a home in Timken Hall.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.