Celebration at Sacred Heart, dedication at St. Raymond on May 15

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 13, 2011

new lower/middle schools at Sacred Heart Schools

On Sunday, May 15, Sacred Heart Schools (SHS) is hosting an all-school gala to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Lower and Middle Schools’ campus.  There will be a community Mass by the Rev. David Ghiorso and a site blessing by the Rev. George H. Niederauer, archbishop of the San Francisco Archdiocese. The Mass will take place at 11:00 am, followed by afternoon festivities that include a barbecue lunch, live music, and activities for all family members.

Construction of the new Lower & Middle Schools (artist’s rendering above) begins in June. The new campus will be 89,000-square feet, nearly doubling the size of the current campus.  It will include four individual buildings that surround a large green courtyard with the athletic fields surrounding the perimeter of the campus. The entire campus will be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new campus is a result of SHS’s capital campaign fundraising efforts. Launched in 2008, the Living our Mission, Building our Dream Capital Campaign was initiated to raise $95 million to increase the Schools’ endowment and to build and renovate academic facilities across the campus. It is the largest fundraising effort in the Schools’ 113-year history.  In addition to the new campus, the campaign has helped fund the building of the LEED-Platinum Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center at the high school as well as renovations and modernizations to buildings across the campus. It has also supported faculty professional growth and increased the Schools’ endowment.

St. Raymond’s new field

On the same day, St. Raymond School is dedicating its new grass field to the Daschbach Family. According to school spokesperson Kim McNair, when combined the Daschbach family has had students at St. Raymond for more than 110 years. Lisa Daschbach and Rory Fuerst are the only couple, both of whom graduated from St. Raymond, to have had children at St. Raymond. Their four sons — Rory, Brady, Connor and Trevor — graduated from St. Raymond.

The morning will begin at 10:00 am with a Mass performed by Fr. Gaffey, a good friend of the Daschbach family, with Fr. William, pastor of St. Raymond Church. The blessing and dedication of the field will follow at 11:00 am.

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