Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs recently opened a new lower school building, the final project of a $32.5 million capital campaign.

Called the Dorothy Sullivan Lower School, the new 39,000-square-foot building replaced a 1970s classroom facility. It includes classrooms, a science center, large common area, a library and media center, and playground. 

The school is dedicated to Dorothy Sullivan, former associate head of school and former lower school principal.

“She is a friend, mentor, confidant, teacher, principal, associate head of school for generations of Golden Bear students, teachers, alumni, trustees, parents, grandparents and countless others,” Head of School Paul Barton said during a recent ribbon cutting, according to a recap from the school. “Dorothy embodies the Holy Innocents’ mission and spirit. She loves to learn. She respects everyone. She has a deep, abiding faith. And more than anything, she serves this community.”

At the ribbon cutting, Sullivan thanked her friends and colleagues. “You don’t know what it feels like to be Dorothy Sullivan when you visit this campus,” she said. “I’ve been Cinderella several times.” 

The recent capital campaign for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School included the new lower school, a new upper school humanities building with 60,000 square feet, a new cross-country course on campus, a large greenspace in the center of the campus, new pedestrian pathways, security enhancements and a new campus entry and parking. 

“This was a monumental task with HIES’ largest campaign in school history. You all came to the rescue,” said Neil Pruitt, chair of the capital campaign. “Now we have a physical campus that matches the quality of the education you receive.”  

Amy Wenk was editor of Reporter Newspapers in 2021-22.