When DBMS was founded in 1997, the 2.5 acre parcel was the only remaining waterfront property in Duxbury available for broad access to the Bay. Thanks to the generosity of the Ellison Foundation and many others, the DBMS campus was acquired and named in honor of William P. Ellison.

In 2000, DBMS replaced its aging and dilapidated bulkheads and constructed a new boat basin and launching ramp along the southerly edge of the campus. The school also acquired the properties on either side of the access road from Washington Street. In July 2003, the campus was enhanced by the demolition of two old structures, completion of a new residential building, and construction of a state of the art storm water management system.

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In 2006, DBMS embarked on a $5mln campaign to complete the school’s master plan of providing safe and adequate facilities. After a lengthy fundraising process construction was completed just in time for 2009’s summer classes.  Through the efforts of many volunteers, staff and Board Members, we were able to realize our vision of a modern energy efficient building housing accessible classrooms, an erg room, Clifford Hall, administrative and commercial offices, locker room facilities and a large garage. Please come spend a few minutes relaxing in our rockers – we’d be delighted to give you a tour!

Together with our expansive front porch, Clifford Hall offers an amazing elevated view of Duxbury Bay and is available to rent for weddings, social functions and corporate meetings.