April 17, 2018
Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) dedicated its brand new, state-of-the-art multipurpose building in honour of the Dingman family on Thursday 12 April. The dedication was conducted in an intimate ceremony attended by the Dingmans, close family friends and members of the LCIS community.
Present at the ceremony were Elizabeth Dingman and her sons, David and Patrick. Mrs Dingman and her late husband Michael filled a number of official and unofficial roles at LCIS, most prominently as lifetime Governors beginning in the early 1990s. The Dingmans’ vision for LCIS, as well as their philanthropic work, leadership and dedication, were instrumental in shaping the high-quality educational experience that the school provides today.
The Dingman family lead the way in establishing the school as a non-profit and saved the school from closure and demolition in the nineties.
As the school’s lease was expiring and alternative uses for the property were being considered, the Dingmans successfully negotiated the land purchase, thereby securing the future of LCIS future and allowing it to evolve into the beloved institution that it is today.
Under the Dingmans’ tenure, the enrolment and staff of LCIS doubled and its campus grew in size and sophistication. The school also received accreditation as an International School from Council of International Schools (CIS) and from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) during the Dingmans’ tenure.
LCIS principal Dr Stacey Bobo noted the Dingmans’ extraordinary impact on the school, remarking, ‘We would not have the opportunities we have today or a great school to lead without the work of Mrs Dingman and her husband.
And now, this legacy will live on through the children and the teachers who will use Dingman Hall every day.’
Dingman Hall is a versatile building that will host school assemblies, concerts, plays, parent workshops, co-curriculars, student presentations, as well physical education classes and lunch during inclement weather. The building is the latest development in an extensive master plan for the school’s expansion that includes a picturesque new secondary campus less than one kilometer away from the current campus.
Founded in 1962, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) is a fully accredited international day school located in western New Providence offering an educational programme that inspires excellence. LCIS students and staff come from 46 different countries and speak 17 different languages. LCIS is the only school in The Bahamas to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum to students from 18 months to 18 years. Upon graduation, LCIS students move on to top colleges and universities around the world www.lcis.bs