Community is central to the Lawrenceville experience. We seek to design a campus that balances physical activity and intellectual growth in an environment built to help students flourish.
With your assistance, we will turn this vision into a reality—providing the Lawrenceville community with a safe, spirited, and inspiring place to call home.
Enter as Many Emerge as One
Lawrenceville students live in an intentionally collaborative community. We will strengthen and reinforce the sense of community on campus—and renew long-held values—while preserving our unique and treasured sense of place.
One commitment is a pedestrian-only campus core, highlighting the beauty of our Olmsted-designed campus. Our new carless community will enable students and faculty to travel to and from classes in a pedestrian-friendly core, and will support our goals for enhanced safety, community fitness, and a healthy environment.
Another is the remarkable new Tsai Field House, which will incorporate the Tsai Commons for dining. A robust and transformative education requires a holistic approach to student wellbeing, advancing each Lawrentian’s intellectual, emotional, and physical potential. By combining athletics, recreation, and dining, the forthcoming Tsai Field House will meet this charge. This game-changing facility will preserve and repurpose the best of Lawrenceville’s existing field house while creating a complex that will function as the heart of our School.
in a rural setting
Tsai Field House
a unique complex for dining, athletics, and recreation
campus is on National Register of Historic Places
Supporting Our Campus Joseph C. Tsai '82
No single gift—or individual donor—embodies the Campaign theme of "transformation" more than Joe Tsai.
Today Joe is executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant he co-founded, and owns the Brooklyn Nets (NBA), the Barclays Center, the San Diego Seals lacrosse team, and the New York Liberty (WNBA). But he came to Lawrenceville as a 13-year-old from Taiwan who spoke little English and worked hard to find his place. The next five years would be filled with defining moments, fueling his passion for athletics and teaching him the importance of humility and perseverance in achieving success.
Joe’s academic prowess took him to Yale undergrad, Yale Law School, and turns in corporate law and private equity, but it was athletics that gave him a sense of place. He says of his early days at Lawrenceville, "I figured if I wanted to be more a part of the community, I would need to participate in sports." He found his place on the field and the court, playing varsity football and lacrosse for Big Red and House basketball for Cleve.
The Tsai Field House, which will incorporate the Tsai Commons for dining, will provide a unique venue for Lawrentians to gather as teammates, fans, and dining companions, extending the camaraderie of House life and Harkness learning. The combination of team sports, recreation, and dining is deliberate. A gift from Joe and his wife, Clara, through the Joe & Clara Tsai Foundation, Tsai Field House will be the only facility of its kind at an independent school.
"Lawrenceville is about the inspiration you draw from the sense of community here," says Joe. "When cultivated, it’s a gravitational pull that yields a life-changing experience."
Joe Tsai '82
“Lawrenceville is about the inspiration you draw from the sense of community here – when cultivated, it’s a gravitational pull that yields a life-changing experience.”
Scholarships have the power to change lives. We will continue to bring the most promising students to the table, providing access and support to tomorrow's leaders.
Lawrenceville's reputation for excellence relies on a world-class faculty and staff and a dynamic, ever-evolving learning experience. We will cultivate this advantage.
Transform the Way Forward
At this pivotal moment in our history, we are collectively called to lead. The Lawrenceville Fund and the School’s endowment sustain a culture of learning and integrity that will shape, engage, and inspire future generations.
Transform Community Now
Sharing Time-Honored Traditions
Lawrenceville is creating a physical campus that prioritizes community. A master plan that supports wellness, enhances safety and relationships, preserves our landscape, and teaches responsibility to oneself, to others, and to the world around us.
Our School community will emerge even better than before, and our students will be even healthier and happier.