When Jim Lee, comic book artist and publisher/Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, and his wife Carla decided to move from San Diego to Los Angeles so Jim could be closer to work, their first thought was to find their children a school. As parents of nine children, Jim and Carla have had a lot of experience with a variety of schools. At one point six of their then seven children were enrolled in different schools. While this was a lot of juggling, it helped the Lee family really hone in on the things that were most important to them in a school community.
From the school’s mission and ethos to how students are able to balance academics with the arts and athletics, Jim and Carla fell in love with Campbell Hall. Five of their children (River ‘29, Jackson ‘32, Mason ‘23, Lucas ‘18, and Brittany ‘15) attended or are currently enrolled at CH. “We wish we were able to attend ourselves,” laughed Carla. “Campbell Hall sparks curiosity and imagination, keeping them engaged and excited about learning which is something students carry with them throughout their lives.”
“Our children have varied interests,” added Jim. “Campbell Hall has been able to support and nurture each of them as individuals. I grew up focused on academics as that was something stressed in my household. The arts were something I only dabbled with on the side. Today, the arts are a vital part of who I am. Campbell Hall allows students to fully explore and develop their talents, whatever those talents may be.”
Jim and Carla wanted to find ways to get involved in the school. Jim serves on the Board of Directors and sits on the Public Partnerships Committee. “Being on the Board has really helped me see the school’s thoughtful, transparent, and open-minded approach to education. I more fully understand and appreciate their research-driven innovations like late start for the secondary students and their embrace of all cultures and religions through the chapel program and spaces such as the Nathanson Swiger Spiritual Center.” Carla has served as the Bagpiper’s Ball auction co-chair and has volunteered in the classroom. The couple has also hosted several Campbell Hall events at their home.
When Jim and Carla learned about the plans for The Holiday Center, they were eager to support the school. “Campbell Hall is constantly growing by expanding its programs and offerings,” said Carla. “I’m a visual person, so seeing the renderings was so exciting because to me, The Holiday Center is a manifestation of this growth.” They also found that the thoughtfulness of the campus layout including the use of indoor/outdoor spaces, was extremely appealing and indicative of Campbell Hall’s commitment to fostering innovation and connection. “We are all products of our environment,” said Jim. “The Holiday Center will beautify and give a heart to the center of campus, giving students a greater sense of pride in the school.”
Jim and Carla were drawn to supporting the Elementary Arts Plaza which will be named in their family’s honor and, thanks to their generous $250,000 donation, will be a beautiful, inviting space located just off the elementary arts wing in which students can work, relax, and enjoy being together as a community in the open air. “The arts are an essential part of life,” said Jim. “This means of self-expression helps students excel in whatever profession they choose to ultimately pursue. We wanted to foster and support this important outlet by providing a space that will nurture their creative spirit.”