The Greater Glory Capital Campaign was the largest Capital Campaign, not just in the school’s history, but on record as the largest of any Catholic high school in Houston history.
The process began in the fall of 2002 when the school administration enlisted the help of over 400 students, parents, past parents, alumni, religious leaders, educators and friends to help shape a strategic plan for the future. It concluded in January of 2009 with the blessing of the Lahart Chapel of St. Ignatius and the opening of the new Clay Student Activity Center, the final construction project under the banner of the campaign. In between, many new magnificent buildings and athletic fields were constructed. And, just as importantly, over $5.5 million was donated to the school's financial aid endowment - far exceeding its goal.
Presented below is a timeline of the construction projects completed as a part of the campaign. While the cumulative effect of these new facilities changed the physical face of the school in many ways, the spirit of Strake Jesuit remains the same. Building young boys to become Men for Others
Concluding a process that began in the fall of 2002 and included a series of Town Hall meetings and eight task teams, in January 2003 the school’s Board of Directors approved Vision 2008. It is this document that established the framework for the work to be done under The Greater Glory Capital Campaign.
Demolition of the original baseball field was begun when the school year ended in June 2003 so that the new field would be ready for the baseball season in 2004.
Markle Steel Baseball Field was completed and dedicated in March of 2004 allowing the team, for the first time, to play home games under the lights. It was the first construction project completed under The Greater Glory Capital Campaign. To make room for the new Athletic Center Complex, the new field was located 120 feet to the north of the original baseball field.
Demolition of the original Crusader Stadium began at the same time that the baseball stadium was opened. Construction was planned in order for the new stadium to be ready for the 2004 football season.
The New Crusader Stadium hosted its first game on September 10, 2004 when the Crusaders defeated St. Thomas 31-7. As with the baseball field, the new Crusader Stadium was constructed about 120 feet north of the old stadium to make room for the new Athletic Center Complex.
In July 2005, the Johnny Keane Fieldhouse and the “weight room” were razed in order to make room for the construction of the new Athletic Center Complex. Also that summer, the new Maintenance Building was completed and it was able to serve as a temporary Weight Room until the Athletic Center Complex was completed a year later.
Just in time for the new school year, in August 2006 the new Athletic Center Complex was completed. It gave the school a new competition gym, Fieldhouse with 3 courts, state-of-the-art weight room, locker rooms, a swimming & diving pool and 4 lighted tennis courts
The original Jesuit Alumni of Houston Cafeteria was razed when school ended in May 2008. As the Smith Gym was being converted into the Moran Dining Hall, the place where the cafeteria once stood would be used to construct the new Clay Student Activity Center.
Again, just in time for the new school year, the conversion of the old Smith Gym into the new Moran Dining Hall was completed.
The opening of the new Clay Student Activity Center and the Lahart Chapel of St. Ignatius in January 2009 marked the completion of the construction projects under The Greater Glory Capital Campaign.