Campus Improvements Coming

Campus Improvements

The Vianney community has stepped up to the plate again. As a result of their passion and generosity, St. John Vianney High School announces its third major, fully funded campus enhancement in the past twelve months. This time it will be an athletic field complex to be located on the north end of the property.

The athletic complex will include a fully turfed baseball field with 200 permanent seats behind home plate, an area for fans to gather, a concession stand and restrooms. The new complex will be completed by August when students return to school.

This is the third major campus enhancement Vianney has made in the past year. In September, alumnus Patrick Sly, a 1968 Vianney graduate, and his wife Peggy made a historic $1 million gift to fund the remodeling of STEM labs. The labs will be ready for student use in August 2015. In the fall of 2014, Vianney debuted a refurbished Don Heeb Field that included nearly $1 million in improvements, including the installation of a synthetic turf field.

All three projects, and several others completed in recent years have been fully funded by donors. As a result of its strong and loyal donor base, solid financial decision making and visionary Board leadership, Vianney is once again in a position to embark upon a major project without the need to borrow nor conduct a capital campaign.

The outpouring of donor support has been humbling, said Mike Loyet ’77, Vianney President.

"We are especially blessed to be able to fully fund major projects such as the stadium, the STEM labs, and now the field complex without incurring debt."

Other recent projects that have been fully funded include:

  • School-wide technology upgrades
  • Classroom enhancements including new windows, HVAC and brick facing
  • Cafe remodeling
  • Air conditioning in the Activity Center
  • Security cameras

The jackhammers are already buzzing around the Vianney. In May, work began on a $1 million rehab of the science labs and will continue throughout the summer. On the North end of campus, work will begin within weeks.

Plans for the athletic complex include:

  • A multipurpose synthetic turf field designed primarily as a baseball field, and can be configured to accommodate soccer games, lacrosse and football practices
  • New dugouts
  • Paved Fan Plaza area
  • 200 permanent stadium seats behind home plate
  • Restrooms and concessions stand
  • Relocation of the scoreboard
  • Five batting cages
  • Two sets of soccer goals

Vianney has contracted with ATG Sports to construct the complex. The complex is expected to be completed by mid-August. When completed, Vianney will be the only high school in the St. Louis area to have a fully turfed baseball field.

"These improvements will enhance space for the baseball, soccer, football and lacrosse programs. It will allow Vianney the opportunity to add a fourth soccer team and baseball team as well as provide the much needed space for games and practices throughout the year. Also, we look forward to building partnerships with community groups and youth organizations to host events, games, and tournaments on our campus," said Mike Loyet, President of Vianney.

David Woods ’92, a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of Vianney’s Facilities Committee, lauded the role donors have played in propelling Vianney’s campus expansion plans forward.

“Each of these three projects on its own is impressive, but to link all three to the incredible momentum and support alumni and donors have for Vianney, it is inspiring. Our donors want to provide the very best possible facilities for our students. They really have stepped up to the plate for Vianney,” said David Woods.

The improvements to the athletic complex and the other projects are geared toward improving the academic experience of Vianney’s students, said Dr. Tim Dilg, Vianney’s Principal. Last year, 99 percent of Vianney graduates went on to college and 68 percent of them received scholarships valued at more than $8 million.

“The co-curriculars at Vianney complement the total academic experience for our students,” said Dr. Dilg, the St. Louis area High School Principal of the Year.