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Athletic Complex Capital Campaign

Build the future of Thornton Academy!

Thornton Academy has long been synonymous with victory. With 53 state championships since 1954, our student athletes make us all proud to be Golden Trojans.

Join us in supporting the athletic complex capital campaign and help Thornton Academy build the future!

The Athletic Complex Capital Campaign will allow Thornton Academy to usher in a new era of excellence. The new athletic complex will be the premier athletic facility among Maine high schools. More importantly, our goal of serving the athletic and recreational needs of all Thornton Academy students, as well as providing a new community resource, will be met.

Linnell Gymnasium, built as a state-of-the-art facility over fifty years ago, can no longer successfully support the school’s ever increasing athletic demands. Built in 1963 for a student population of 650, the gym now serves approximately 1,700 students. The floor is worn; the mechanical systems are antiquated and inefficient. The building does not meet modern accessibility and safety standards. It lacks adequate space for weight training, strength and conditioning facilities, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and equipment storage. It can no longer accommodate the entire student body for whole school events, assemblies, and ceremonies. The lack of space forces athletic teams to practice well beyond traditional after-school hours, and prohibits the school from offering an intramural program or providing recreational space for a broader range of students. Given Thornton’s goal of offering an athletic program broad enough to allow all interested students to participate in sports, the school’s athletic facilities must be renovated and expanded.

Join us!

With a goal of $3 million, we need YOU to help us build the future of Thornton Academy! TOGETHER we can ring the victory bell and continue our long tradition of excellence.

Take a tour through the future Athletic Facilities and see what your gift will make possible!⬇️

For more information or to make a gift to build the future of Thornton Academy, please contact:

Haley Thompson, Director of Development

Why I Give

The Thornton community gave me a lot as a young person. I feel fortunate to be able to give back to a wonderful institution.

David sherman '59

Being the class of 2018 class president I had the honor of helping chose the class gift. After asking fellow classmates and respected teachers we decided to contribute to the capital campaign. It creates better opportunities for future students during school and various sporting events. Thornton Academy is an integral part of our town, and the new gym will bring the growing community of Saco closer together. 

erin fralley '18

Thornton is a major asset of the community so investing in TA to help Saco as a whole makes sense to me. This project is the next major step in a very well thought out and executed plan that has included new classrooms, dorms to accommodate residential students, and a new STEM center. I am very confident in the future of this institution and its long term positive influence on my old hometown.

roger miles '65

Of course, academics are a priority for me, but the gym is my home after school. Participation in athletics is an incredibly important part of my TA experience. It has offered discipline, friendship, and has helped to define my goals after graduation.

mia taranko '20

As a professional athlete, I know how having access to premier athletic facilities can change your life. Both my mother and my grandfather are Thornton Academy grads, and I’m proud that this school, that’s so important to my family, will be constructing the new Athletic Complex to give Thornton Academy students access to premier athletic facilities.

Julia marino, US olympic snowboarder

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architectural rendering of the inside of the proposed fieldhouse