THE OCTOBER TORNADO
On the evening of Sunday, October 20, 2019, an EF-3 tornado touched down in the Preston-Royal neighborhood, striking a direct hit to the St. Mark’s campus. The storm blew down the east and west walls of Hicks Gym, damaged the roofs, windows, and brick facades of several buildings, and sent debris flying across campus. The total damage to campus was extensive. While much progress has been made, the effort to physically rebuild campus will last multiple years and will not be possible without the ongoing support of our alumni community.