The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida is now one of just three private high schools in the world – and the only high school in the Southeast – to own an Anatomage table. The highly advanced human dissection table and anatomy visualization system is typically – if not exclusively – seen in hospital or university settings. The only other Anatomage table in Northeast Florida is at The Mayo Clinic, which utilizes one for medical training at the Weaver Simulation Center.
Nancy Hazzard, Chair of the Bolles Science Department who also teaches Anatomy, said the $78,000 acquisition benefits and enhances the entire Bolles academic experience.
“We are thrilled to be one of the few high schools in the world to own one of these incredible tools of science,” Hazzard said. “Students will have learning experiences with the table that are usually beyond the normal scope of high school students, it will be an incomparable experience for them. On behalf of the Bolles Science Department, I would like to say that we are profoundly ecstatic about the future learning opportunities this table provides our community – in all areas of science, in all levels of learning and for students on all campuses.”
The table was installed at The Bolles School in late March. It is located in a special niche in the Physics Lab in Schultz Hall on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus.
Bolles Director of Student Activities and Anatomy Teacher Piper Moyer-Shad said the table is helping students better understand how the human body works.
“It is a virtual dissection table based on human cadavers, which students wouldn’t normally see, usually they are looking at 3-D renderings or computer generated images,” Moyer-Shad said. “What it will do for our students is to help them visualize how the body’s component parts fit and work together. Additionally, they will better be able to visualize relationships between anatomical aspects of the body and to view connections between body systems.”