When DBMS was founded, the 2.5 acre parcel was the only remaining waterfront property in Duxbury available for broad access to the Bay. Since then there has been substantial progress towards providing the facilities needed to achieve the school’s vision. Thanks to the generosity of the Ellison Foundation and many others, the DBMS campus was acquired and named in honor of William P. Ellison.
The school has purchased 25 floats, three launches, a fleet of over 127 sailboats, 29 crew shells and 28 instructor support boats. In 2000, DBMS replaced its aging and dilapidated bulkheads and constructed a new boat basin and launching ramp along the southerly edge of the campus. The school has also acquired the properties on either side of the access road from Washington Street. In July 2003, the campus was enhanced by the demolition of two old structures, completion of a new residential building, and construction of a state of the art storm water management system. After many years of this careful preparation and planning, we have been able to finally acheive our goal of building a new multi purpose building to house our administration, classrooms and boats. Our school campus now fully supports the needs of our students, staff and programs.
In 2006, DBMS embarked on a 5 million dollar campaign to complete the schools master plan of providing safe and adequate facilities for our school administration and programs. After a lengthy fundraising process and the approval of a 1.5 million dollar loan, we were able to build our Multi-Purpose building. Construction started in late spring of 2008 and went through the year, finishing in June of 2009, just in time to move into the new facility and hold classes in the summer of 2009. Through the efforts of many volunteers, staff and Board Members, we were able to realize our vision of a modern energy efficient building that now houses accessible classrooms, administrative offices, workout areas for rowers, locker room facilities and boat and equipment storage. Please come and visit our new facility anytime, we would love to give you a tour.
Clifford Hall, located on the second floor of our new DBMS building, offers amazing views of Duxbury Bay. Clifford Hall is available to rent for corporate meetings and events such as weddings.