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MPH mourns loss of head of school

Baxter F. Ball, 64, died in his sleep Feb. 13.

He was the head of school at Manlius Pebble Hill for more than two decades.

During his longtime tenure, Manlius Pebble Hill grew in enrollment, endowment, physical space, curriculum and reputation. The school grew from about 250 students in 1990 to nearly 600. That same year the endowment was just a few thousand dollars. Today, it's $4.7 million.

The campus configuration also changed radically under Ball's leadership. The Jean Paul Chappell athletic field and new tennis courts were built; the Andrews Farm practice fields were developed and numerous spaces including classrooms, the dining hall and Coville Theater were renovated and updated.

Three new buildings were constructed during Ball's tenure and a fourth is planned to house a media center, library, broadcast studio, classrooms and student center.

Notably, Ball also oversaw an expansion in the MPH curriculum, from the creation of a performing arts department to the introduction of an upper school Chinese language program, and from an expansion of AP courses to the introduction of elective course offerings in virtually all disciplines.

At this time, Ball's children are making plans for their father's funeral services. Check back at eaglebulletin.com for further updates.

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