Big MoveJun 3rd, 2010 | By admin | Category: Sports
Wesley Athletics Relocates to ‘Little School’
The Wesley College Athletics Department recently found a new home, as several offices were relocated to what was formerly the Little School on North Queen Street in Dover. When the Little School moved in 2009 from its old location to a new building on Mont Blanc Boulevard in Dover, Wesley was able to acquire the former site, conveniently located adjacent to Wesley West Fieldhouse and one block away from Scott D. Miller Stadium.
The acquisition of much-needed office space has been an exciting development for the College and the Athletics Department specifically. It has precipitated repositioning of many team and coaches’ offices to consolidate the Department in one central area, making operations more efficient as well as more convenient for prospective students and families.
To fill what is now being called the Wesley Athletics House, the Department’s administrative office, the sports information office and track & field offices were moved from the ground floor of the DuPont College Center. The football offices were repositioned from the Football House on Governors Avenue and the men’s soccer office, formerly located in the International House on State Street, also shifted to the newly acquired space. The women’s lacrosse office also found a new home in the Athletics House, freeing up space for the baseball office to move from the ground floor of the DuPont College Center to Wesley West. The office space vacated by Athletics has been reassigned to the Nursing Department, another campus program happy to have some extra room.
The Little School is one of the oldest preschools in Delaware, having served over four generations of children in the building on North Queen Street. It was founded in 1954 by Hattye Mae Biddle, who then passed the reins to her handpicked successor, Jane Richter, in 1975.When it came time for owner and operator Richter to consider the future of the Dover preschool, she decided to join with two local Little School alumni and parents, along with the owners of the popular Kids Cottage in Lewes, Delaware, to form a new partnership and build a beautiful new facility in town— The Little School at Kids Cottage. The Little School’s administration was glad to see their former home put to good use. The Wesley administration certainly shares the sentiment.
“The Little School has been an icon in the community for generations and Wesley College is very pleased to be the next generation of caretakers of this property,” President Bill Johnston expressed. “The reputation for care and interest in our youth, which began with Mrs. Biddle and Mrs. Richter, will continue through the college students served on this site.”