When St. Peter’s High School opened in 1958, the auditorium/gymnasium was the centerpiece of the new school and has witnessed six decades of athletic events, theater and music programs, Liturgy, student activities and Commencement Ceremonies.
However, the time has come to make a major reinvestment in this centerpiece. The seating has stood up long beyond its life-expectancy and fails at an alarming rate. A section of upper seats was pillaged to provide usable parts in the lower rows.
In late 2017, a drain in the auditorium roof leaked, causing plaster to break and fall onto the first few rows of seats, making those seats unusable.
As the Final Phase of the Preserving Our Past, Securing Our Future Capital Campaign, it is our commitment to renovate the auditorium and gym to be the centerpiece of our school community.
To accomplish this task, the planning committee has broken the work into three stages — with the goal of addressing the most critical needs first.
However, as with the rest of this Capital Campaign, the necessary funds must be “in the bank” before the Diocese of Toledo will allow St. Peter’s to execute contracts.
Generations of students made many memories inside the walls of this auditorium and gym. We owe it to the next generation of students to give them a facility in which they can build memories of their own.
Projected Cost – $350,000
- Demolition of seating
- Plaster repairs
- Painting (Ceiling & Walls)
- New flooring
- New seating
- Upgraded fire alarms/emergency lighting
- New house lighting
Projected Cost – $170,000
- New air conditioning system
- Repair/replace gym skylight system
- Relocate control booth
- Install new electrical system for theatrical lights
Projected Cost: $300,000
- New curtains (Back curtains only)
- New stage lighting
- New sound system & controls
- New projector, screen and control system
Projected Cost: $80,000
- Replace Gym Floor
To help us achieve our goal and finish the auditorium/gym, we need to raise additional capital to complete work in 2020 and beyond.
This is why we are offering the chance for alumni, parishioners, parents and friends to purchase a “Memorial Seat” as a memorial to a family member, or in honor of their family as a contribution to this project. Donors will have their name included on the rear of the seat and be able to choose their seat on a first come first served basis.
The seating chart below will be updated as gifts are received. We will do our best to accommodate every request. Of note, the current first and last rows in the auditorium are being removed for ADA accessibility.
In addition, all of our Capital Campaign donors will be recognized in our Campaign as critical partners in this project’s success.
In addition to the Memorial Seat Project, other major gift opportunities exist. Donors can help underwrite the cost of a sound system, lighting systems, curtains, AV equipment. The Development Office will be happy to discuss those opportunities.
As we saw in the first two phases of the campaign, small gifts do make a big difference! $20, $50 & $100 individual gifts do add up and make just as much impact as a $50,000 gift.
Every dollar and every individual gift will help us reach our goal and allow us to continue our mission of Catholic education.