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A Decade of Milestones

The bold vision that would illuminate the next decade of Loyola’s strategic planning took root in 2012. At the time, dreams of a new aquatic center, state-of-the-art science labs and a dazzling new theater were purely aspirational. Soon, a fundraising campaign took shape, and we embarked on an expansive Campus Master Plan.

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  • 2012

    Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, and Loyola's Board of Trustees announce A Strategic Vision for Loyola Academy—an ambitious strategic plan that would position Loyola as the leading Jesuit, college preparatory faith and education center in the nation.
  • 2013

    To transform vision into reality, Fr. McGrath and the Board of Trustees unveil The Second Century Campaign, a set of strategic priorities designed to generate support for a second century of excellence. They identify six fundraising priorities: the Tuition Assistance Endowment Initiative, Theater Initiative, Pool Initiative, Second Century Reserve Fund Initiative, Ignatian Educator Fund and New Science Labs and Technologies Initiative.

    Read more about Loyola's Second Century Campaign.
  • 2016

    Loyola reaches a turning point in its fundraising efforts, thanks to the collective generosity of the visionary benefactors who made major gifts during the quiet phase of the Second Century Campaign and a multimillion dollar gift from the estate of John D. Norcross '54.

    Read more about the lasting legacy of John D. Norcross '54.
  • 2017

    Loyola's Board of Trustees approves a Campus Master Plan and forms a Campus Master Planning Committee, chaired by Peter J. Broccolo '74, to partner with the Village of Wilmette and Loyola's neighbors. Working together, they devise a structure to guide the work and building projects, with the pool coming first in Phase One followed by the theater in Phase Two, all the while continuing to raise money for tuition assistance.
  • 2018

    Loyola recruits world-class architectural design and construction firms to begin construction on a new pool and piazza, a gathering space inspired by the St. Ignatius Piazza in Rome. Valenti Builders President Daniel J. Valenti '01, Project Manager Jack Scapin '98 and Senior Superintendent Daniel A. Nowak '83—all Loyola Academy alumni—transform our blueprints into bricks and mortar. During this time, other Phase One capital enhancement projects, including our seventh and final science lab upgrade, progress.

    Read more about the alumni team that helped bring our pool and piazza to life.
  • 2019

    The Loyola Academy community celebrates the completion of Phase One of the Campus Master Plan and grand opening of the John D. Norcross '54 Aquatic Center and the Mary and L. Robert ’62 Pasquesi Piazza, used for everything from informal gatherings to art exhibits, classes and more. In addition, new campus lighting, directional signs and landscaping are installed. General site work, such as reconfigured drop-off and pickup lanes as well as new and expanded south student parking lot, is completed. And Loyola's new STEAM lab—made possible by a leadership gift from Sue and Tim Sullivan and named in honor of former science teacher Rev. Peter W. Breslin, SJ—opens for student use.

    Read more about the John D. Norcross '54 Aquatic Center.

    Read more about the Mary and L. Robert '62 Pasquesi Piazza.

    Read more about the STEAM lab.
  • 2021

    Thanks to the generosity of Loyola Academy benefactors, including a multimillion dollar gift from Ellen S. and Peter G. Leemputte '75, Loyola Academy breaks ground on its new 29,000 square-foot Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Leemputte Family Theater.

    Read more about this exceptional gift.

    Read more about the theater groundbreaking.
  • 2022

    The new Center for the Performing Arts takes center stage, with a grand opening celebration planned for the Fall 2022 season. The $27 million arts facility transforms the northeast corner of our campus and includes a theater and an outdoor performance area. Members of the Loyola community have the opportunity to become a part of LA history by naming one of the theater’s 550+ seats.

    Read more about the Center for the Performing Arts.

    Become a part of LA history and name one of the theater's 550+ seats.

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