Village of Palmetto Bay Councilman Patrick Fiore, Palmer Trinity Head of School Patrick Roberts, Village of Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham with Hester sisters Jane Dougherty and Caroline Loken.

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Unveil new Hester Gate Family Monument and The Kipp Field House

Palmer Trinity School (PTS) opened its doors and welcomed students back for the start of the new 2019-2020 school year. Palmer Trinity kicked off the day with a ceremony in the gymnasium that featured bagpipers and a celebration of its new Hester Gate Family Monument and Kipp Field House.

Twenty-six years ago, thanks to the Hester family, Palmer Trinity was able to purchase land for the school’s expansion at a fraction of what it was worth. Today the school gathered to unveil the Hester Family Gate monument and plaque in honor of the family’s generosity. The new monument “welcomes” visitors to the PTS campus as they pass through the gates of the South Campus entrance. The plaque next to it reads:

“This gate formerly marked the entrance to the Hester Family property. Salvaged from rubble, it has been reimagined as a monument celebrating the intersection of the past and the present. This gate now always remains open to the future of Palmer Trinity School made possible by the Hester Family.”

Additionally, Palmer Trinity also celebrated the new Kipp Field House on the South Campus that serves as a home for our student-athletes. The newly built solar-powered athletic facility was generously donated by Timo Kipp.

The first day of school kick-off celebration was led by PTS Head of School Patrick Roberts and its Board Chair Hugo Mantilla. Guests included Captain and Virginia Hester’s two daughters Jane Dougherty and Caroline Loken, the Mayor of the Village of Palmetto Bay Karyn Cunningham, Councilman Patrick Fiore, and The Right Reverend Peter Eaton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

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