With honored guest Timothy Cardinal Dolan officiating, the new state-of-the-art facility was blessed, dedicated, and officially put into use for all students, faculty, and staff. Only a small gathering that included the school’s board of trustees, benefactors, and administrators were present with the Cardinal during the ceremony while the entire student body and faculty watched the ceremonies via a live stream.

The plan to transform the north side of the school’s campus was a long-term goal of Principal Catherine Merryman who assumed leadership of the school in 2014. This initiative provides a cutting-edge facility to the performing arts, physical education, and athletic components of the school with a complete renovation of 7,000 square feet of existing space. After months of planning that began pre-COVID, work began in July 2020 transforming the area creating a new athletic training facility that includes weight training machines, cardio equipment and strengthening spaces, a multi-use space for performing arts and physical education programs with a new dance/yoga studio, new locker rooms, and a media classroom for PE classes and athletic teams. The school worked with architects from Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP and Mid-Hudson Construction Management on the project.

According to Principal Merryman, “This new wellness center represents a final phase that has created a completely upgraded infrastructure for the school’s Physical Education, Athletic, and Arts Education programs benefiting the entire Lourdes community and serving the needs of all students, faculty, and staff. Providing for all students was considered in this much-needed upgrade and will be available for use by all in our building.” The school credits its benefactors that include the Archdiocese of NY and the James J. McCann Charitable Trust along with other dedicated and loyal donors in making this project possible. Merryman comments, “The support of the Archdiocese and the McCann Trust is paramount for our students and only strengthens our place as a leading Catholic High School for our region. We have a strong future at Our Lady of Lourdes. Despite the challenges of this past year, we have managed to defy the odds. When schools shut down in March 2020 due to COVID, our academic and instructional plan put us ahead of the curve in transitioning to online learning in a matter of days, and in September, we opened our doors in time for the start of the school year. 

Established in 1958, the school moved to its current Boardman Road campus in 1996. In 2012, the school launched a $3 million Capital Campaign with plans to build an on-campus athletic facility that includes all-purpose fields and a track. The school broke ground on the facility in June 2012 and was completed in December 2012 providing a “home field” to Lourdes students for the first time in the school’s then 55 year history. “I venture to state that this new wellness center is unlike any of its kind in high schools in our region,” said Principal Merryman, “and will only further enrich our student experience.”