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Classmate Justin Niebank Joins NT Alumni Hall of Honor

The New Trier Educational Foundation selects accomplished alumni each year, and our classmate Justin Niebank, has now been honored. Our own Geoff Tabin was also honored in 2011.

Here's what the foundation says about Justin:

Justin Niebank, Class of 1974. Niebank has been the producer or engineer on some of the biggest selling records of all time. He won two Grammys in 2009 for his work on Taylor Swift's album Fearless, and in 2007 for Bon Jovi's album These Days. Having had several albums in the Top 40 at the same time—Fearless by Taylor Swift, Defying Gravity by Keith Urban, Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts, American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits — Niebank is one of the most sought after engineers in the industry.

Congratulations, Justin!

New Trier Replaces Gates Gymnasium

Goodbye Gates Gymnasium (News from New Trier)- from 2021

"New Trier will break ground this December on a project to renovate and replace aging buildings on the East Side of the Winnetka Campus with new athletic and academic spaces that will expand student opportunities for generations to come without the need for a referendum. 

Following more than a year-long study, the Board approved a plan to replace the 1928 Gates Gymnasium and 1925 Boiler Plant - both inflexible spaces with high maintenance costs that do not adequately meet student needs - with a new multipurpose facility. The project is scheduled to be completed by the opening of the 2023-2024 school year and will include a new multipurpose competition gym, a 6-lane indoor track, a dozen new classroom spaces, new auxiliary gyms, new strength and conditioning facilities, and a new climbing wall and high ropes course. Design elements from the Gates Gymnasium, such as the distinctive barrel-shaped roof, will be incorporated into the new facility as a nod to the gymnasium’s illustrious history. 

Previous Gatherings

Our 45th reunion in October 2019 was a ton of fun. Thanks to all that came to the events, particularly those that traveled to make it!  For photos from the weekend, click on the Photo Galleries link on the navigation bar at the top of the webpage.

A tour of the new New Trier (pictured below) was included.

New Trier has undergone a massive renovation!  The result is mind-blowing for those of us who remember the old days.  This picture is an atrium space.  But most of the old stuff remains intact.  It's just been added to.  In place of the TechArts and Music Building is a new library, a new cafeteria (!!), two new performance spaces, technical classrooms that can shape-shift as needs change, and "gathering places" for students.  It's quite shocking.