by Tyler Gilbert ’18
There is no place on campus that I feel reflects community life at George School better than the Hayden Family Fitness Center. The Fitness Center is located on the second floor of the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC), and it is a place where many students often spend their time. Depending on when I have other athletic commitments or if I need to catch up on schoolwork, I typically try to work out every day after school. I think that the Fitness Center reflects George School’s community, as students are not the only people who utilize this facility. Just last week I was training with an alumnus while my old English teacher was running on the treadmill, my math teacher was working out with a trainer, my friends were lifting weights, my sister (an alum) was biking, and my friend’s dad was deadlifting. The Fitness Center is not just a gym for students, but rather a place for the entire community (including alumni and extended family members) to train.
I personally see George School as an extremely open community, and the Fitness Center truly speaks to this characteristic. The facility caters to everyone’s interests, and not one person feels uncomfortable being active in that particular environment. I will admit it was weird adapting to seeing one of my teachers work out hours after I was just in class with them, but nevertheless this relationship illustrates just how close our community is. We treat one another as equal, and I am grateful to say that we all respect one another despite our differences (in strength level and beyond).