Malvern Preparatory School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on its first day of the 2023-24 academic year to mark the opening of Riley Hall - the primary academic building for the Howley Middle School program which was established in 2022. 

“Today, the official opening of Riley Hall, at the start of the 23-24 academic year is an important moment in Malvern’s history - one that dates back to 1842. For the past 10 years we have been thinking, designing, and iterating ideas for an optimal Middle School learning environment - one that honors both where we have been and where we are going,” said Mr. Patrick Sillup, Head of School.

He continued, “This space will serve as the center of Middle School life at Malvern Prep. I’m confident you will find these spaces to be both inspirational and functional as well as incredibly inviting - something we take great pride in as an Augustinian Community.”

The refurbishment and transformation of Riley Hall was made possible by the transformational gift made by current parents, Mr. Brian and Mrs. Barbara Riley P’21’26, in the sum of $4 million. The Riley’s attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with their sons Jack (Malvern Prep Class of 2021) and Finn (Malvern Prep Class of 2026).

Addressing the incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, Mr. Riley shared, “Malvern has been a special place for our sons and their friends. We are grateful to be Malvern parents and to be accepted into the Malvern Community - and so we wanted to extend this gift to Malvern from our family, as a thank you. It is our sincere hope that the Brotherhood, to which you belong, strives and grows and strengthens for decades to come.”

Rev. Robert Hagan, O.S.A., Prior of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova performed a blessing on Riley Hall which was followed by the official ribbon cutting by Finn Riley, Class of 2026.

Built in 1923, Riley Hall was one of the first buildings constructed on Malvern Prep’s Warren Avenue campus after relocating the school from the campus of Villanova University in 1922. The building skirts the main hub of campus life, the Quad, and will soon be connected to Maggitti Pavilion. Maggitti Pavilion will become the center for college counseling, learning support, and administration on Malvern Prep’s campus. Construction for that project began over the summer.