Saint Paul’s School has completed construction of the new gymnasium in the Gene Bennett Sports Complex.. The old room 500, once a barbeque pit, art, English, and religion classroom is now demolished. The “old gym” once known as the Saint Jude Center, because funding was thought to be a problem, was constructed by the brothers and the students in 1955. Our own Brother Alfred helped to lay the floor that has been pounded season after season by the basketball Wolves. Although many happy memories exist about time in the Gplex, Saint Paul’s has out grown the space.
The new gym is the primary home for basketball and physical education programs, while wrestling and powerlifting is housed in a renovated Gene Bennett Sports Complex. The new facility increases seating from 855 to 1100, and is air conditioned. Fortunately, once again Saint Paul’s is keeping the past by changes in the “old gym” and embracing the future with construction of the new and much needed larger gym.
If you are interested in funding the project, or participating in any number of naming opportunities available please contact Brother Ray directly 985-892-3200 ext. 1001, or the Development Office of Saint Paul’s 985-892-3200 ext. 1270. Click HEREto donate online. For more information about this project, click BROCHURE.
Blessing and Dedication – October 21, 2015
New Home of the Wolf
Fr. Matthew Clark, O.S.B., Saint Paul’s Chaplain, Blesses the New Facility
Student Hosts assist with the Reception and Dedication
Br. Ray Bulliard, FSC with Gay Bennett, Coach Bennett’s Wife
The SPS Brass Band Entertains the Crowd
Br. Ray Speaks of Coach Gene Bennett
Ready for the Students
The Floor gets a Final Coat of Varnish
Thanks to our Volunteers!!
Students are Happy to Help!
Lots of Help from the Dads Club and Students
Here Comes the Sod
Preparing Soil for Laying of Sod
Multi Media Classroom
Laying the Gym Floor
Front Entrance nearing completion
View of the Back
Air Conditioning !!!!!!
View of the Back of the New Gym
Bricks have been delivered and cement work continues
Work on the Entrance
Temporary Side doorway
View from the grassy area in front of the Briggs Assembly Center
Close up of the main entrance
View from the side of the theatre
Exterior walls continue to rise
Exterior Walls begin – view from under the Wolfdome