Special Projects

IGNITE: The Campaign for Loyola Blakefield

Introducing St. Ignatius Hall

The Innovative Learning Center, now named St. Ignatius Hall, remains on track to open Fall 2021. 

Since lead benefactors humbly declined naming recognition, Loyola was provided an exciting opportunity to carefully examine the name of the building and how it will resonate for generations to come. In addition to school leadership playing an active role, student reflection and input helped guide the decision to honor St. Ignatius and send a strong signal that a formational education guided by his founding principles would remain at the heart of our mission. A committee of students that included two representatives per grade took part in a process that spanned several months and resulted in a set of intrinsic and indispensable qualities that would represent the new building. In the end, it was clear that associating the project with St. Ignatius would not only capture the essence of the student experience, but also the values and principles we hold most dear.

Learn more about the announcement here and view the broadcast below.

The building is the centerpiece of Ignite: The Campaign for Loyola Blakefield, which raised over $32 million. Funds from the campaign are also allocated to the school’s endowment and annual operations.

Stay tuned for additional project updates.

Name Unveiling Ceremony

During a live global broadcast on May 20th, members of the student body took the lead in sharing the exciting news. Joined by President Anthony Day, 14 representatives from grades 6–12 delivered remarks and took part in the ceremonial unveiling of St. Ignatius Hall. The project is the centerpiece of a historic capital campaign that raised over $32 million dollars to construct the building, enhance the school’s scholarship endowment, and bolster annual giving. This date was chosen due to its significance within the Society of Jesus. As a Jesuit institution, Loyola traces its roots to St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society and the inspiration for the transformational experience that Jesuit schools have delivered for centuries. May 20th marks the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius being injured by a cannonball during the Battle of Pamplona. For him, it was a major failure and forced a change of plans from the riches and worldly exploits he had envisioned for his future. It led to a spiritual awakening and conversion that inspired him to center his pursuits on God and service to others.


Updated Renderings (Sept. 2020)

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Construction Photos

Innovative Learning Center Construction

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Campaign Leadership

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  • Campaign Co-Chairs

    Bill Stromberg '78, P '09, '11
    Joe Sullivan P '01, '04, '06
  • Division Chairs

    Leadership Gifts
    Joe DeSantis '82
    Tony Moag '78

    Board of Trustees
    Monica Bradley P '10, '13
    Eddie Burchell '84, P '16, '20
    Bill McCarthy '79, P '13

    Faculty & Staff
    Karen Preis
    Brendan O’Kane
    Jerry Roe

    John & Jessy Halaby P '18

    Carroll Bodie '63
    Dan Cahill '81, P '09, '14
    Wayne Gioioso '78, P '20
    Stephen Whalen '67, P '95, '99 GP '21, '22

    Alumni Parents & Grandparents
    Mike Klein P '98, '00, '05, '07, '09, '12
    John & Sharon Stanton P '13, '16
    Roger & Xandy Waesche P '07, '08, '09, '14
  • Honorary Chairs

    George Bunting '58
    Rev. Lloyd George, SJ
    Rev. Jim Salmon, SJ
    John Stewart '60
    Rev. Bill Watters, SJ
  • Staff

    Anthony Day P '15, '19

    Director of Development
    Adam Trice

    Director of Campaign Operations
    Erin Adams-Ports

Care for our Common Home

With any project of this magnitude comes the need to excavate land. Unfortunately, we will be losing trees and shrubbery due to the placement of the new building. Although we are sad to see these natural elements removed, we are happy to know that some of the wood from trees will be used to make crosses for each classroom in the Innovative Learning Center. Excess wood will also be used by our Engineering students to craft benches and other furniture for our campus. Additionally, we have plans to replace trees throughout our campus.
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