Browne Academy’s growth during this period was not limited to the school’s programs and athletics. In 1993, the administration introduced a three-phase Master Campus Plan designed to provide up-to-date facilities for students and faculty. From 1995-1997, the school added the new Lower School Connector Building and renovated the Rambler and Greystone. The next phase added a new Middle School building with 15,000 square feet of instructional space, a new pool and pool house, playing fields on the upper portion of the campus, additional parking, internal roads, and two new bridges. In addition, the Preschool was renovated to provide age-appropriate space for three- and four-year-old students.
In 1999, Dr. Ferrer announced her retirement after 25 years of successful leadership. Mr. Mort Dukehart, an experienced educator from Connecticut, was appointed Head of School and joined Browne at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year. Working with the Board of Trustees, Mr. Dukehart conducted a capital campaign for a greatly needed Center for Athletics and Performing Arts (CAPA), which opened in September of 2006. Mr. Dukehart left Browne at 2005-2006 school year to become head of a school in Texas, and Mrs. Margot Durkin replaced him. She came to Browne with over three decades of experience, including both teaching and administration, in both independent and public schools in the Washington, DC, area. Her understanding of what makes a school excel in terms of strategic vision and financial strength helped grow the school’s reserves and put the school on solid ground. Mrs. Durkin led the school from 2006 – 2014, and financial stability was the hallmark of her era.
Following a nationwide search, Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Patten Otey was selected as the new Head of School in October 2013 and began her tenure in July 2014. She joined Browne after serving as Head of a Lower School Division of an independent school in North Carolina. Mrs. Otey continues the long tradition of leading Browne Academy’s creative and progressive learning environment. In 2016, the school celebrated its 75th anniversary.