Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Mary Lee and Fritz Duda Family, and in remembrance of Michael ’00, a loving and beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, the construction of a new plaza outside of the renamed Duda Athletic Center has established a visually brilliant study and reflection space that includes an amphitheater area with tiered seating, water feature, and vegetation and construction materials that pay homage to the North Texas region. Most importantly, it has created a dedicated space on campus for our students to reflect, study, and be together, and as described by Michael Duda’s dedication plaque, “inspire all those who enter to ask how each might serve others.”
Completion Date: February 1, 2023
The David A. Segal Family Aquatic Center was officially blessed and dedicated on May 14, 2021, ushering in a new era for the Jesuit Dallas student community. Facing Inwood Road and nestled between the Duda Athletic Center and Wright Field, “The Gull” has resulted in a stunning physical transformation of the Jesuit campus and become a new hub of student activity. The 29,000-square foot natatorium is an architectural masterpiece and includes an eight-lane competition pool as well as a separate teaching/warm up pool with separate climate and water controls. In addition to serving as the new competitive home for Jesuit’s aquatic programs, the facility serves a vast majority of Jesuit students through injury rehab therapy, endurance and flexibility training for other sports, academic lab work, learn to swim programs, and lifeguard and scuba certification.
Completion Date: April 1, 2021
Demonstrating wonderful generosity to the School while reinforcing the value of the performing arts in our students’ formation, Miki and Tom Melsheimer ’79 made a named lead-gift to ensure a full renovation of the theater and performance space for the stage & film program. The multi-phase remodel included replacing the audience chairs in the performance space with theater-style seating, installation of state-of-the-art intelligent lighting, a new audio system, and draping. The reimagining of the stage & film area also featured construction of a newly designed entry and lobby area as well as the build out of a courtyard that serves as a primary space for gatherings during performances and a secondary space for classes, lectures, and quiet reflection.
Completion Date: May 28, 2021
The David A. Segal Family Aquatic Center connects to Jesuit’s outdoor athletics walkway via the Young Family Pavilion, whose construction was made possible thanks to the generosity of Julie and John Young. Lined by trees which provide a natural canopy to keep cool in the Texas heat, the area includes built-in seating and ground lighting, and can be used as a space of reflection as well as a gathering space between The Gull, Wright Field, and Postell Stadium. “The Jesuit Dallas community and the swimming and diving program in particular has meant so much to our family,” shared the Youngs. “We really liked the idea of creating an outdoor gathering space and hope that it will be used and enjoyed by many.”
Completion Date: April 1, 2021
A named lead-gift provided by the Norma and Harry Longwell Family enabled Jesuit to implement cutting edge science, technology, engineering and math activities into the classrooms and laboratories and funded the remodeling of 9,000 square feet of lab and class space. The renovations created flexibility in eight full-sized rooms as it applied to the experimental space of the labs. New amenities were added to the classrooms, electrical capacity was enhanced throughout the area, and exhaust fans were installed to remove fumes. In addition to reconstructing the physical space in which our students learn, the Longwell Family’s generosity enabled Jesuit to purchase sophisticated high-end equipment that has improved the scientific understanding of students at Jesuit and better prepared our students to excel in a post-secondary education environment.
Completion Date: September 1, 2019
In 2017, Jesuit Dallas purchased a 6.45-acre tract of land directly south of the existing campus with the intent of adding much-needed parking, practice, and green space. The primary objective for the parking initiative and the first step in repurposing the land was the addition of approximately 230 permanent spaces. A named lead-gift from Carol and Dave Anderson, augmented by a grant from the Hillcrest Foundation, enabled Jesuit to move quickly in addressing a critical and long-term administrative goal of moving all student parking to the School side of Inwood Road. In addition, the City of Dallas approved an extension of the school zone and added a crosswalk and signal change at the Willow/Inwood intersection.
Completion Date: August 21, 2019
One of the outcomes of the cafeteria remodel was the need to build a new space on campus to meet the growing demand of a more robust on-campus spirit store. The Ranger Connection initially opened for business on Aug. 27, 1994, in a small closet, only to relocate and expand several times over the course of the next two decades. The relocation of the Ranger Connection to a space on campus independent of the main school resulted in a much larger footprint (1,944 sq ft.), and a secure and customer-friendly storefront. The new Ranger Connection replicates a small college spirit store and features hundreds of items, including clothing of all types, gifts, and accessories.
Completion Date: April 26, 2019
Jesuit’s cafeteria was originally built to accommodate 600 students and remained one of the last spaces on campus to maintain a majority of its original 1962 construction prior to the start of remodeling. A goal of the new venue was to double the seating capacity within the same footprint on campus, which was accomplished by removing the restrooms, storage, air-handling units, offices, hallways, faculty lounge and on-campus spirit store from the space. Additionally, the ceiling was removed, and the lighting, ventilation, and acoustics were upgraded or replaced. The adjoining kitchen was also upgraded, and new serving lines installed to create vastly improved flow and efficiency. In addition to providing a better environment for our students’ nutritional and lunch period needs, Jesuit also introduced an all-inclusive food service program, which was well received by students and parents. A new sound system was also installed, allowing the space to be configured to support banquets and other large gatherings while serving as a secondary study space for students throughout the day.
Completion Date: October 16, 2018