Althoff Catholic High School announced its intentions to embark upon a capital campaign to renovate its current second floor library space into a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab and to add an outdoor athletic complex to its campus. The announcement was made before 470 guests at the school’s inaugural “Igniting the Future Together” Gala held on Saturday, April 16th at the Four Points by Sheraton. The campaign chairpersons will be Andy and Joanne Blassie, Mike and Patty Guignon, Mike and Susie Riley and Brad and Julie Ringhofer. “As a young girl I remember the excitement surrounding the construction of Althoff. There were a lot of changes in the Catholic community back then and people just like us came together to do what was needed to strengthen Catholic education for the future, and what a job they did! Now it is our turn to Ignite the Future for the next generation,” said Susie Riley in her remarks on Saturday evening.
Althoff Catholic’s legendary hall of fame football coach,
Glenn Schott, and his wife Pat, will serve as honorary co-chairs. Mr. and Mrs. Schott were also in attendance at the event and announced that if all goes as planned, the STEM Lab and athletic complex will be open at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. “There is nothing more thrilling than seeing each of our Althoff Catholic students achieve their personal best in the classroom and in their chosen extracurricular activities,” said Principal Dave Harris. “These additions to our campus will enrich the lives of our students for generations to come.”
Campaign co-chair, Andy Blassie shared, “we are so grateful to our Bishop and his team for their support of our plans. With their blessing we will officially begin the campaign this fall.”
A SMART/STEM Lab focused on science, technology, engineering, & math would: better prepare students for college, give students the opportunity to understand the 21st century workforce skills at an earlier age and increase students’ enthusiasm for learning in general.
Outdoor Athletic Complex: The construction of an outdoor athletic complex on our property would mean that, for the first time in more than 50 years, all of our student athletes and their fans would have a true “home field.” Additionally, in opening up these facilities to Catholic grade schools for their sports and fitness use, we will create a sense of belonging and “ownership” in the Althoff Catholic community at a young age. We believe this addition to our facility would create an even greater sense of pride in being a “Crusader” and in Catholic secondary education in our region.