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Athletic Complex Capital Campaign

BECAUSE OF YOU, we did it. 

We are so excited to announce that the $3 million fundraising goal in support of the Thornton Academy Athletic Complex Capital Campaign has been reached! 

THANK YOU to all of our alumni, friends, parents and community organizations who have supported this exciting project.  


  • Environmental and structural evaluations are currently underway.
  • Those evaluations will shape the final architectural designs to carry us into the next phase of the project.
  • Stay tuned for updates as we continue to move forward making this facility a reality!

If you have not yet made a gift in support of the campaign, it's not too late. There are still many opportunities to invest in the future of TA!

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

Haley Thompson, Director of Development

Voices from Linnell Gymnasium


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

an alum gives advice to the football team