MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier High School plans to build a new athletic complex, officials announced at the school’s 50th anniversary gala Saturday.
This would mean a new turf football field, a new track, a new baseball field and a new athletic facility which would house coaches rooms, team rooms, concession stands and ticket booths, according to Director of Advancement Matt Strekel.
Xavier’s athletic programs have won 69 CIAC state titles since 1970. The Falcons have won three straight CIAC Class LL state championships in football, and six overall. Xavier has won 29 cross country state titles, 16 indoor track state titles, and 15 outdoor state track titles, including six State Open championships. The Falcons lone state title in baseball came in 1980.
However, for the foreseeable future, Strekel said, all varsity home games will be played at Palmer Field.
The new athletic complex will be part of an $8.5 million comprehensive campaign that also includes academic and technology improvements at the school, a new addition for a music department and growing Xavier’s annual fund.
The school has been quietly raising funds to begin the campaign since July 1, 2012, Strekel said, and it has raised more than $3 million so far. It hopes to raise the remaining $5.5 million in the next four years.
Growing Xavier’s annual fund will help with day-to-day operations at the school and financial aid to the students, Strekel said. Strekel said the new music addition is necessary because the school’s music program has grown to about 125 students in the past few years.
Along with announcing the campaign Saturday, Xavier also celebrated Headmaster Brother Brian Davis’ anniversary of being in the congregation and honored its new Hall of Honors inductees.