$1 Million Gift Made to Together We Can: Elevate Highlanders Campaign

With profound gratitude, we announce a $1 million gift to Lake Highland’s Together We Can: Elevate Highlanders Campaign from the Brian Tillman family.

“We are deeply grateful to the Tillman family for their leadership gift to the Elevate Highlanders vision. Brian and Serena recognize the powerful impact the campaign will have on the overall education offered at LHP, especially innovation and academics. Their philanthropic investment demonstrates their commitment to our strategic priorities and provides early momentum needed to achieve success.”

  Jeff Deery ‘82, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Proposed Upper School Center for Innovation & Academics
Designs are preliminary and subject to change

The Tillman family’s gift will name the Student Center in the planned Upper School Center for Innovation & Academics. The Tillman Family Student Center will be the campus center for student life at Lake Highland. It will encompass a collegiate-style student union, an innovative library, a dynamic student activity hub, and a café.

“Our family is blessed to be a part of the Lake Highland family and we are super excited for the awesome facilities planned for our school. Serena and I hope that all LHP families who have the good fortune to do so will join us to help make this vision for the school’s future a reality.”  Brian Tillman

Lake Highland is in the early, foundational giving phase of the Together We Can: Elevate Highlanders Campaign. The comprehensive Campaign was inspired by the school’s most recent Strategic Plan and 50th-anniversary celebration, and it focuses on five significant priorities for the school that will elevate all aspects of the Lake Highland educational experience:

The Tillman Family

Multisport Athletic Facility
This new facility at the Lake Highland Athletics Complex will feature a wrestling arena, full-size court for basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading, an outdoor archery range, locker rooms, concession stand, and a lighted turf field for all field sports.

The Arts District
This extensive renovation of the Calkins building will offer exceptional rehearsal spaces and classrooms for orchestra, band, chorus, and performing arts.

Lake Highland will expand its endowment with a focus on growing endowments for Financial Aid, STEM, Leadership & Character Development, and Faculty Enrichment, as well as funding for new endowments.

The Highlander Fund
Growing support for the Highlander Fund, LHP’s foundational annual fundraising program that addresses the school’s greatest needs, remains a top priority.

“With their incredibly generous gift, the Tillman family has invested in our top priorities to elevate the LHP educational experience to even greater heights, and we are so thankful to them.  The Tillman Family Student Center in the Upper School Center for Innovation & Academics will be an energetic, collaborative place of interaction, learning, and growth for all our Upper School Highlanders and more.” Vice Admiral Al Harms (USN, Ret.), President

Elevate Highlanders Leadership Donors

The Tillman family joins several other generous Highlander families who have made early, leadership investments in the Elevate Highlanders Campaign, including:

Tina and David Kind  Kind Family Library

Stephanie and Dave Carmany  Carmany Family Innovation Hub

Janell and Wyatt Scott  Scott Family Student Activity Hub and Café

Emma and Walker Starling  Starling Family Social Stair & Study Porch

Gina and Al Harms  Al & Gina Harms Family College & Career Hub

Anonymous  A generous Highlander family

We invite you to learn more about Elevate Highlanders

Susan Clayton

Vice President of Advancement
407.206.1900 ext 3345

Nicole JeBailey


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April 7, 2022

On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Lake Highland Preparatory School hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Porter Family Center for Innovation & Academics.

February 7, 2022

With excitement and gratitude, we announce a $1 million gift from Kia and Manny Vivar to the Together We Can: Elevate Highlanders Campaign.

December 1, 2021

Monumental events are rare in the life of an educational institution, but we are thrilled to announce one such event that will elevate LHP education for generations to come!

September 16, 2021

With profound gratitude, we announce a $1 million gift to Lake Highland’s Together We Can: Elevate Highlanders Campaign from the Brian Tillman family.