The new 25-meter by 25-yard Myrtha Pool currently under construction on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus adjacent to Davis Gym will be named Tarver Pool thanks to a generous gift by the family of Jack Tarver. The gift brings new momentum to the future of Bolles Swimming and adds to a distinguished legacy of Bolles philanthropy from Tarver’s family, which includes his daughter Margaret Tarver Jason, and Missy and Josh Pearson and their five children Emmy ’19, Kallie ’21, Jessie ’23, Jack ’26 and Charley ’29.
Jackson Williams Tarver, was chairman of the board of Cox Enterprises, the publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, chairman of the board of Atlanta’s Federal Reserve Bank, and chairman of the Associated Press at the time of his passing in 1999. He left his widow Margaret Taylor Tarver and two children, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Several years ago, the family funded the construction of Tarver Hall on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus in his honor. This innovative project was the first major academic facility to be built on campus in more than a decade.
The most recent gift will transform the future of Bolles Swimming, an area of athletics that has been personally meaningful to the family over the years. The Pearsons have been avid participants in and supporters of competitive swimming and are committed to taking the Bolles Swimming and Diving program to new levels. Missy’s sister, Katie Jason Oldoerp, swam for Bolles from 1989-1994 and went on to swim collegiately at Dartmouth College.
“We are grateful for the high-quality education, community and experience Bolles has provided during our many years as a ‘lifer’ family – it has enriched our lives in many meaningful ways and it makes us so happy to imagine how this gift will make a difference for other families for years to come,” Missy Pearson said.
Tarver Pool will transform Bolles’ aquatic facilities and set a new benchmark for developing student-athletic excellence.
“We are so appreciative to the Pearson family for their incredible and consistent show of generosity toward The Bolles School, both as parents of lifer students and as benefactors of critical School projects,” said President and Head of School Tyler Hodges. “This family demonstrates the highest levels of commitment to the future of our school and for this we are deeply thankful. We are elated to move forward with them on this important project.”
Construction already has commenced on the project, which promises to build on Bolles’ six-decade legacy of swimming dominance. The Myrtha Pool now being installed at the site of the former Lobrano Pool, was previously used in a Las Vegas-based International Swim League event that produced world records and featured Bolles swimming alumni. The pool will have an 8-foot minimum depth and full springboard diving facilities, which means Bolles coaches will soon have the resources to prepare student-athletes for the latest evolutions in NCAA-level competitions.
Plans for the new pool area include elevated bleachers and restroom access, which will enhance greatly our spectators’ experience. Additionally, Bolles is building deck-level gutters, which provide a more intimate setting for teaching young swimmers. More efficient use of deck space will allow Bolles to host competitions that are exciting, comfortable, accessible and enjoyable. The venue affords athletes and coaches deep-water resources for training and on-land facilities to match leading global shifts in aquatics. Bolles will soon have the capability to diversify programming and spring toward new competitive heights in the pool.
Construction plans also call for an enhancement of indoor training facilities that will bring Bolles’ on-campus resources to the standards of world class programs. The land-based facilities include office spaces, storage and second-story multipurpose areas on the current Uible Pool House. This second-floor design will provide new spaces for gatherings overlooking the pool and football field. The expansion also enables Bolles to grow its programming to include diving, triathlon and masters-level swimming.
“The ability to include more diversified programming raises the bar for everyone,” said Head Swimming and Diving Coach Peter Verhoef. “We are deeply grateful to the Tarver/Pearson family for their belief in Bolles Swimming and for their change-making show of support for this important project.”
In addition to pushing the Bolles Swimming experience forward, the pool project also provides an awesome opportunity to exhibit the rich history of our swimming program. Plans call for new record board spaces and recognition walls – important storytelling areas that demonstrate how life-changing and enriching our program at Bolles has been over the years.
“When completed, our new pool facility can host professional-level elite competitions and entry-level competitive experiences that our parents, athletes and guests can take pride in,” Verhoef added. The new pool is expected to be complete by October 1.