The Corpus Christi Post (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 26, Ed. 1 Sunday, August 21, 1960 Page: 3 of 12
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Academy l« Dedicate New Gymnasium
FINAL SECTION'S of the Christi Academy’s gymnasium. bleachers and chairs,
main playing floor of maple The room will seat 2,0W> per-
wood have been Laid in Corpus sons in the fold-away type —Photo by Fr. Augustine, OSB
GYM FEATURES LATEST IN
Heard Main Speaker
At Dedication Rites
John F. Heard of Houston will
he the main speaker at dedica-
tion rites for Corpus Christi Aca-
demy’s gymnasium, Sunday, to-
day, Aug 21. Mr. Heard is a gra-
duate of the school class of ’36.
Other speakers include His
Excellency Bishop M. S. Garriga,
D.D., LL.D., and Very Rev. Al-
fred Hoenig, O.S.B., prior of Cor-
pus Christi Priory. Mr, Pan
Chamberlain will he master of
PROCESSION TO GYM
The dedication ceremony will
begin with a procession from
the Academy’s main building to
the gymnasium. Bishop Garriga
will read the prayers of blessing
in the foyer, and then, accom-
panied by his ministers, walk
See RITES, Pagi %
Anyone driving in by the main
entrance to Corpus Christi Aca-
demy on IJpRiver Road will im-
mediately see the school’s new
gymnasium situated to the far
right of existing buildings.
After parking his car in the
spacious lot in front of the gym-
nasium, the visitor will notice
the size of the new building and
its exterior of buff-colored tile.
The front wall has 45 tan-colored
blocks of Mexican - tile overlook-
ing an outdoor patio. The patio
itself has several permanent ta-
bles and. chairs.
n FOYERS, KITCHEN
Upon entering the building, one
will notice .the spacious foyer,
one of two. Here also are the
ticket offices. Between the ' foy-
ers axe located the catering kit-
chen, cloakroom, trophy case,
water fountains and telephone
MAIN FLAYING FLOOR
In the main part of the build-
ing, the playing floor is of maple
wood with markings for basket-
ball, tennis, volley ball and fix-
tures for a boxing ring. Along
the two sides of the floors are
bleachers, sections of which can
be folded away. .By using- bleach-
ers , and chairs, 2,000 persons
can be accomodated in this area.
There,. are - six .‘basketball back-
stops backed with glass. Gooa
ventilation is provided by the
many windows and the double en-
trances on - either end of the
See GUIDE, Page 1
BISHOP GARRIGA TO OFFICIATE AT
BLESSING, SUNDAY, AUGUST 2IST
Corpus Christi Academy will
dedicate its new gymnasium
next Sunday, Aug, 21, according
to Very Rev. Alfred Hoenig, O.
S.B:, prior'of Corpus Christi Pri-
or of Corpus Christ! Priory. His
Excellency Most Rev. Mariano
S. Garriga, D.D., LL.D., bishop
With Building Of
The completion of Corpus
Christi Academy’s gymnasium is
a milestone in the history of the
school, and a big step forward
in a recently inaugurated pro-
gram of physical development to
cost an estimated $3,000,000. The
new building is one of many
planned by the school and Priory
for the near future.
The first phase of the develop-
ment program includes the gym.
r.asium and central utility build-
ing, a new science hall, monas-
tery and student - monastic
church. Additional plans call for
renovation of existing buildings,
which will provide for the Bene-
dictine Minor Seminary (for stu-
dents preparing for the Benedic-
tine priesthood and brother-
hood), and boarding students.
Additional classrooms, library
and eaferteria are also planned.
Of "particular need at this time
for' the school is a new science
building. Academy officials have
for a long time realized the need
of such a building complete with
laboratory and lecture rooms
fully equipped. Present facilities
could, well be improved upon
with a new, separate building,.
Science courses, now taught at
•the Academy include general
science, biology, chemistry and
physics. Three classrooms are
used for these courses, but there
is a special need' for a separate
lecture room, storage area and
additional scientific equipment.
See EXPANSION, Page 6
of Corpus Christi, will officiate
at the dedication-blessing cere-
monies, which will start at 4:00
P. M. The public is invited to at-
The Academy gymnasium is
one of the largest in the area
and most complete in its facili-
ties. Measuring I6i by 161 feet
(20,826 sq, ft.), Uie cruciform
shaped building cost $261,000.
Begun last January, the gym-
nasium is to be completed this
week when final installations are
Architect for the building is
Mr. Joseph Hans, and O. ,T. Beck
& Sons, general contractor.
DREAM FINALLY REALIZED
The gymnasium- is'the culmina-
tion of a 32-year-old dream bn
the part of the Benedictine Fa-
thers) as wall as alumni, stu-
dents and friends. Until now, fa-
cilities for the physical education
program and varsity training
have been limited to a small
athelctic building and outside
tennis and basketball courts. The
school already has a baseball
park, Heard Field. The new
building will provide sufficient
room and have excellent facilities
for a variety of sports.
In addition to facilities for
sports ,t he new gymnasium will
be used for other activities. In-
cluded in the building are a large
stage and catering kitchen, thus
allowing for assemblies, dances,
meetings, banquets, cultural pro-
grams and socials. It is planned
to rent out the building on occa-
sion to outside groups and or-
TOURS, REFRESHT CENTS
Guided tours of the Academy’s
newest building will be given af-
ter the dedication ceremonies.
Also, tours of the rest of the
campus and buildings will be of-
fered. Refreshments will be serv-
ed in the patio area in front of
EXTERIOR VIEW of Corpus tured above. The 161 by 161-ft. and will have facilities for meetings and cultural activi- background.
Christi Academy’s gymnasium, multi-purpose building will nearly every Indoor sport, ns ties. Apart of St Theresa Pa-
now nearing completion' is pie- cost $281,000v when completed,1 well as for. socials, hauque’ rish plant can be seen la the —Photo by Fr. Augustine, OSB
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Baca, Allen. The Corpus Christi Post (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 26, Ed. 1 Sunday, August 21, 1960, newspaper, August 21, 1960; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth835725/m1/3/: accessed February 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .