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Construction of the New Gymnasium

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 HERE to donate online. For more information about this project, click BROCHURE.

Blessing and Dedication – October 21, 2015

The Food

New Home of the Wolf

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Fr. Matthew Clark, O.S.B., Saint Paul’s Chaplain, Blesses the New Facility

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Student Hosts assist with the Reception and Dedication

Brother Ray and Gaye Bennett

Br. Ray Bulliard, FSC with Gay Bennett, Coach Bennett’s Wife

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The SPS Brass Band Entertains the Crowd

Blessing

Br. Ray Speaks of Coach Gene Bennett

September 2015

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Ready for the Students

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The Floor gets a Final Coat of Varnish

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Nearing Completion

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Thanks to our Volunteers!!

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Students are Happy to Help!

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Lots of Help from the Dads Club and Students

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Here Comes the Sod

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Preparing Soil for Laying of Sod

August 2015

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Multi Media Classroom

15-8-13 scoreboard

Scoreboard

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Laying the Gym Floor

15-8-3 large ladies bathroom with ladies

Bathrooms

 

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Goal Posts

July 2015

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Finishing Touches

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Front Entrance nearing completion

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View of the Back

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Interior Ceiling

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Air Conditioning !!!!!!

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Main Entrance

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Main Entrance

June 2015

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Side View

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Front Entrance

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View of the Back of the New Gym

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Exterior Wall

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Bricks have been delivered and cement work continues

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Waterproofing Exterior

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Work on the Entrance

May 2015

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Work continues

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Temporary Side doorway

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View from the grassy area in front of the Briggs Assembly Center

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Close up of the main entrance

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Main entrance

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View from the side of the theatre

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Exterior walls continue to rise

April 2015

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Exterior Walls begin – view from under the Wolfdome

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Roof work

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Continuing the work

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Hard at work

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Continuing the roof

March 2015

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View looking at the back of the theatre

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View from the side of the theatre

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Framing the roof

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Framing the roof begins

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Framing continues

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Framing begins

February 2015

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Continuing Work

 

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Pouring the Slab

 

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Cement Trucks have arrived

 

 

January 2015

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Forming the Slab

 

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Forming the Slab

 

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Beginning the preparation work

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Continuing the preparation work

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More and more red clay

 

December 2014

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Old Room 500

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Demolition Begins

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Making Way for Progress

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Removal of a few pine trees was necessary

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The area is clear for construction