Christian Brothers High School’s Securing the Future Campaign is focused on raising $11.8 million to construct a synthetic turf field and all-weather track, grow the endowment and improve campus infrastructure. In strategically planning for the future, school leaders began working on creating a bold new 15-year campus master plan during the 2013-14 academic year. After consulting with community stakeholders, architects and building professionals, school leaders identified the following priorities for the next few years:
Improved athletic facilities
On June 27, 2019, we had a groundbreaking ceremony for the new outdoor athletic facilities and parking lot. The beautiful, state-of-the-art stadium will include a turf field, all-weather six-lane track, stands for 1,200 fans, press box, scoreboard and lights. This is a stadium for all sports and P.E. classes. In addition to improved school parking and the new stadium, this project will also deliver new dugouts for softball, new batting cages for baseball, improvements to the JV baseball field, a welcoming entrance and a plaza for community gathering. The parking lot will add 100 new parking spots.
Education at Christian Brothers extends beyond the classrooms into the athletic arena. From early on, the school’s athletic programs provided students with life lessons in leadership, teamwork and perseverance – all skills crucial to success in college and the workplace. This year, more than 700 of the school’s 1,156 students will have participated in one or more of the school’s 27 sports. In its current state, the school’s athletic fields do not meet the needs of its physical education classes and student-athletes. Nor are CB’s outdoor athletic facilities comparable to facilities at other schools.
Growing the Endowment
An essential component of the Lasallian mission is its insistence on education for all, regardless of their ability to pay. The District of San Francisco New Orleans places a priority on service to the poor and emphasizes outreach to the most socioeconomically disadvantaged in our community. CB proudly leads the region in tuition assistance. More than 7 percent of our families live below the federal poverty level. This year, 405 students receive $2.7 million in need-based financial aid. Of that amount, approximately $425,000 comes from endowment earnings. Growing the endowment allows for continued support and growth in the tuition assistance program.
As enrollment has grown to 1,156 today, so has the need for improved parking. Programs like Junior Falcons Football & Cheer, Diocesan and middle school events help strengthen community outreach and long-term enrollment, but also place extra demands on limited parking facilities. CB needs to ensure a more efficient traffic flow and greater parking capacity. Further, from a safety and good-neighbor perspective, ensuring that students and visitors have adequate on-campus parking alleviates a need for parking on the surrounding streets.
Help Secure the Future…
An innovator in education, St. John Baptist de La Salle recognized the critical importance of meeting student needs. As such, our Lasallian mission calls us to continually ask the question, “What do students need?” Moving forward, this bold new vision allows Christian Brothers’ students to thrive in a vibrant, first-class campus, with the best-available spiritual, academic and co-curricular education.
To learn more about the campaign and your important role in securing the future of Christian Brothers High School, please contact:
Gifts at all levels are welcome.