At the oldest continually operated educational institution in Southern California, plans for a new building are getting all the attention. On June 11, Loyola High School in Los Angeles held a ceremonial celebration to kick off their newest project, a rebuilding of the Xavier Center, an enhanced liturgical, educational, and special events space projected to be completed in late 2020. 

“To inspire our students to become future leaders, we must be able to provide them with state-of-the-art facilities that contribute to a thriving educational and spiritual community. After years of thoughtful planning, forward-thinking design decisions and very generous support from our donors, the 21st-century Xavier will become a reality,” said Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, the school’s president.

The school hosts more than 200 functions each year, and the Xavier Center will provide a new and improved space for these gatherings. The building’s plans call for a 26,000 square foot expansion, and include a banquet kitchen that can serve up to 800, a food service kitchen, hidden walls to break up the space for multiple events, and a dedicated sacristy for liturgies. 

While they’re renovating, the school also plans to make updates to the front entrance, Hayden Circle landscaping, and the Veterans’ Wall of Honor, which is dedicated to Loyola graduates who have served in the military. 

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