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Classroom Building to be Named Reilly Family Bishop Barry Hall, January 2019

Students Return to Revitalized Classrooms (Video): August 2018, View

St. Petersburg Catholic Announces Renewed Mission Statement, Strategic Plan 2018-2023: August 2018, View

Classroom Revitalization Project Update (Video): July 2018, View

St. Petersburg Catholic Announces Major Renovations to Main Classroom Buildings (Video): June 2018, View

 

 

Paul Reilly '72

Classroom Building to be Named Reilly Family Bishop Barry Hall

St. Petersburg Catholic High School recently received a $1 million leadership gift from Class of 1972 alumnus Paul Reilly and his wife, Rose. It is the largest gift in the history of the school. In recognition of the gift, one of the recently renovated classroom buildings will be named Reilly Family Bishop Barry Hall. St. Petersburg Catholic will showcase the renovations of its two main classroom buildings at a blessing and dedication ceremony with distinguished guests, the student body, and Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:45am. The ceremony will be located in the new student courtyard that connects the two buildings.

The donor-funded building renovations include twenty classrooms, eight departmental offices, three bathrooms, and a faculty workspace. The project also added a new student chapel and a new student courtyard with an outdoor seating area, brick pavers, and full landscaping and lighting.

Principal Ross Bubolz said the renovations further the academic and spiritual mission of St. Petersburg Catholic. “The revitalization project has transformed our classrooms into twenty-first century learning centers,” Bubolz said. “We have been so blessed as a school community.”

Reilly, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond James Financial, credits his Catholic education at St. Petersburg Catholic High School and the University of Notre Dame with teaching him the values of collaboration, empathy, and humility. Reilly said he and Rose chose to support the classroom revitalization project to ensure that St. Petersburg Catholic has the best possible facilities for classroom learning.

“The classroom renovations give St. Pete Catholic one of the best teaching and learning environments in the Tampa Bay area,” said Reilly. “I made the gift in gratitude to the school for educating me and two of my daughters, all of my brothers and sisters, and their children.”

In June, St. Petersburg Catholic High School announced a multimillion-dollar revitalization project of its two main classroom buildings, Bishop Barry Hall and Notre Dame Hall, marking the first major renovation to the classrooms since they were built in 1957. Renovations include Apple TVs and integrated whiteboards, refinished terrazzo in corridors and first floor classrooms, new laminate flooring in second floor classrooms, safety-rated and insulated impact resistant glass windows and doors, dropped ceilings and enclosed air conditioning units, and an exterior restoration to Spanish Mediterranean architecture with original red brick finish.

Bubolz added, “We also want to thank our design and construction partners who completed the project on time and on budget, with ARC3 Architecture and Hennessy Construction Services leading the team.”

The classroom renovation is part of an overall revitalization of the high school that includes facilities upgrades and a broadened academic curriculum, aligned with its renewed mission statement and Strategic Plan 2018-2023.In 2015, the school introduced an engineering program through a partnership with Project Lead The Way,and recently added a robotics program. Last year, the school announced that it has been approved as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

 

Students Return to Revitalized Classrooms

 

 

St. Petersburg Catholic High School Announces Renewed Mission Statement, Strategic Plan 2018-2023

The five pillars of St. Petersburg Catholic High School’s new 5-year Strategic Plan 2018-2023 are: (1) re-envisioning curriculum; (2) enhancing formation of spirit, mind, and body; (3) increasing the school’s presence and impact locally and globally; (4) creating a long-range financial and advancement plan; and (5) developing a Campus Master Plan.

Initiatives to support the five strategic directions include an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (currently in candidacy phase), STREAM certification by the Florida Catholic Conference, program enhancements in engineering, health sciences, and visual and performing arts, a new retreat program for all students, a new Athletic Hall of Fame, and facility and security upgrades.

The five strategic directions are grounded in the school’s renewed Mission Statement:

St. Petersburg Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school rooted in a firm foundation of Catholic faith, family, tradition, and excellence. As a diverse teaching and learning community, we are committed to forming young men and women in spirit, mind, and body for future leadership and compassionate service.

“Over the past year, our community has worked diligently to address the immediate needs of the school, while laying the groundwork for future generations of Barons,” Principal Ross Bubolz said. “Our revitalized Mission Statement more clearly defines our core purpose and embraces our Catholic identity that is rooted in Gospel values.  Our Strategic Plan provides the framework to actualize our shared vision.”

 

Specifically, the five strategic directions aim to:

  • Re-envision education at St. Petersburg Catholic High School by sustained attention to its curriculum and program of study, enhancing faculty quality and engagement, and fostering 21st century teaching and learning environment, with state-of-the-art technology and teaching resources.
  • Enhance the school’s commitment to forming spirit, mind, and body to further St. Petersburg Catholic High School’s mission and strengthen its foundation of Catholic faith, family, tradition, and excellence.
  • Increase the school’s presence and impact in the city of St. Petersburg and the entire Tampa Bay region, the state of Florida, and across the United States.
  • Create a long-range financial and advancement plan that will seek to provide future financial stability for the school.
  • Promote a 21st century learning environment by creating a Campus Master Plan that addresses current facilities needs and prospective opportunities for expansion and growth.

 

The new 5-year plan advances a trajectory set over the course of the past year, with enrollment growth, expanded academic tracks and programs, and major facility and security upgrades. Monsignor Robert Gibbons, Chair of the School Board at St. Petersburg Catholic High School, commented, “As part of the school's revitalization initiative, the School Board was reconstituted in 2017. The community leaders and dedicated alumni on the new Board bring to the table a wide variety of skills and expertise. They also have a deep love for the school and an understanding of the crucial importance of Catholic secondary education. They have been key participants in the development of the new mission statement and the strategic plan, and they are committed to its implementation.”

The school recently completed a multimillion-dollar revitalization project of its two main classroom buildings, Bishop Barry Hall and Notre Dame Hall, marking the first major renovation to the classrooms since they were built in 1957.  The buildings, including twenty classrooms and eight departmental offices, reopened on the first day of school on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

To learn more about the St. Petersburg Catholic High School Strategic Plan, please click here.

 

 

Classroom Revitalization Project Update

 

 

Classroom Revitalization Project Announcement

 

 

St. Petersburg Catholic High School Announces Major Renovations to Main Classroom Buildings

 

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(St. Petersburg, FL – June 2018) St. Petersburg Catholic High School has announced a multimillion-dollar revitalization project of its two main classroom buildings, Bishop Barry Hall and Notre Dame Hall, marking the first major renovation to the classrooms since they were built in 1957.  The buildings, including twenty classrooms and eight departmental offices, are expected to reopen by the first day of school on Thursday, August 9th.

Bill Tapp '74 Shares The Impact of The Classroom Project
Bill Tapp '74 Shares The Impact of The Classroom Project

 

Renovations include a refinished terrazzo in corridors and first floor classrooms, new laminate flooring in second floor classrooms, safety-rated and insulated impact resistant glass windows and doors, Apple TV and integrated whiteboards, dropped ceilings and enclosed air conditioning units, and an exterior restoration to Spanish Mediterranean architecture with original red brick finish.  Bathrooms renovations are expected by late 2018.

 

Classroom Rendering (Arc3 Architecture)
Classroom Rendering (Arc3 Architecture)

 

“The revitalization project transforms our classrooms into twenty-first century learning centers,” Principal Ross Bubolz said.  “Each and every student will be impacted by this project, serving current and future Barons for generations to come.”