Upper Arlington Legacy Capital Campaign

Golden Bear Head logo
Oh Arlington, dear Arlington,
Our hearts will ne'er forget ... 
For the first time in the history of Upper Arlington Schools, a capital campaign was brought to the forefront to support the monumental task of building state-of-the-art, comprehensive academic facilities. Private donors joined together, with the Upper Arlington Board of Education and Upper Arlington Legacy Capital Campaign Committee, to raise $7.5 million to augment the $230 million bond-levy endorsed by Upper Arlington voters in November of 2017.

ü RAISED     $5 million toward construction costs - as promised to the community throughout bond levy campaign

ü RAISED    $2.5 million for "The Honor Project" - which seeks to go above and beyond the bricks and mortar, to support programming that impacts students' daily academic and co-curricular experiences


Every Donor, Every Dollar Contributes to Success
  • Raised nearly $7.7 million
  • 395 donors
  • Gifts ranging from $20 to $1 million
  • Campaign expenses totaling 1% of $7.5 million goal
  • Largest philanthropic endeavor in Upper Arlington history
  • Over 70 donors leaving a legacy with naming rights

Naming Rights in Our Buildings


What is the HONOR PROJECT?

Donors joined Legacy to help raise $2.5 million to complete the campaign initiative, "The Honor Project." These enhancements focused on improvements within the walls and on the grounds of the new facilities.
Students seated in a classroom at the barracks school in 1919
An exterior rendering of the new Upper Arlington High School
An interior rendering of the new Upper Arlington HIgh School looking down on Golden Bear Boulevard




With a deep devotion to our tradition of excellence, the Upper Arlington Legacy Capital Campaign sought to exceed the community's expectations for the future of education in Upper Arlington and aimed to:
  • Provide funding for facilities, programming and equipment that distinguish Upper Arlington Schools and continue to be a district to emulate;
  • Present a unique opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to invest in Upper Arlington Schools and leave a legacy on our new foundations for educating youth for the next century.
  • Establish the largest philanthropic endeavor in Upper Arlington's history - benefitting our youth and community for generations to come.

Donors supported the Legacy Capital Campaign to:

  • Provide "above and beyond" resources to academic and co-curricular needs;
  • Ensure that Upper Arlington Schools remains a "lighthouse" district, setting the standard for education across the nation; and
  • "Pay it forward," and ensure future generations of students continue to benefit from the highest quality education. 

Oh Arlington, dear Arlington,
Our hearts will ne'er forget 
The Gold and Black will bring us back
to Dear Old Arlington

Donations were:
  • 100% tax deductible - as no goods or services were provided in consideration of a gift;
  • Payable over a multi-year period (completed by December 31, 2023); 
  • Payable through securities, donor-advised funds, credit card, or check; 
  • Payable through a fund set up with The Columbus Foundation; and
  • Offered with naming right opportunities at certain levels of giving. 

* All donations to be paid in full by December 31, 2023.

If you wish to consider a donation to the Upper Arlington Schools, please contact the UA Schools Treasurer's Office or the Upper Arlington Education Foundation at 614-487-5000. 

Upper Arlington Legacy Campaign logo Upper Arlington Schools logo UA+ed Foundation logo

Legacy Steering Committee

Paul Imhoff, Superintendent
Aimee White, Campaign Chair
David DeCapua
Price Finley
Dale Heydlauff
Gloria Heydlauff
Laura MacDonald
Tracy Peters
Margie Pizzuti
Michael Schoedinger
Alice Finley, Executive Director, UA+Ed
Mary Seidelmann 

2021-2022 Board of Education

Nancy Drees
Scott McKenzie
Jenny McKenna 
Carol Mohr
Lori Trent

Grand Opening Celebration

Experience the grand opening celebration, held on August 15, 2021, for all six projects in the first phase of the community-developed facilities master plan.


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