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Breaking Ground on Innovative Learning Center

In the wake of our largest fundraising campaign in school history, we officially broke ground on the newest addition to our campus on Wednesday, November 6. Scheduled to open for the start of the 2021-22 academic year, the Innovative Learning Center will serve as the new home for grades 6-8 and include a Learning Commons for all grade levels. In addition to providing an ideal learning setting for Loyola’s youngest students, it will also unite the campus and provide greater collaboration among students and staff.

Innovative Learning Center Groundbreaking Ceremony & Blessing
President Anthony Day addressed attendees at the school-wide ceremony. “We have been here for nearly 170 years and are proud to offer an unrivaled educational experience in the Catholic tradition. More than breaking ground on a new building, we are cultivating something magnificent, a future in education that is beyond our imaginations—one that will inspire generations of young men to lives of learning, of faith, and of service to others.”

President Day also addressed students directly: “We are here today because of you—because you inspire us to greater heights, and guide us as we ensure that every Don that follows in your footsteps has the benefit of an education without limits, so that their curiosities are unleashed, their imaginations free to run wild, and their dream of a Loyola education secure now, and well into the future.”

The Innovative Learning Center will house grades 6-8 and feature the following:
  • 46,000 Square Feet
  • 10 Classrooms
  • 2 Science Labs
  • Art Studio
  • Cyber Science Lab
  • Learning Commons
The building is the centerpiece of Ignite: The Campaign for Loyola Blakefield, which raised over $32 million. Funds will also be allocated to the school’s endowment and annual operations.

Watch the entire groundbreaking ceremony below.

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