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Catholic Central High School celebrates completion of $19M comprehensive campaign

May 9, 2018
Principal/CEO Greg Deja speaks at the celebration of the completion of The Greatest Gift campaign.

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Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids announced the completion of their $19 million comprehensive campaign, The Greatest Gift, with a blessing ceremony on May 9, 2018. The ceremony in the school’s courtyard was followed by a campus blessing by Most Rev. David J. Walkowiak, bishop of of Grand Rapids. See photos from the ceremony in the gallery below or at this link.

“It has been a joy to work with so many wonderful people to add yet another chapter in the long, beautiful history of Catholic Central,” said Greg Deja, principal/CEO. “We are deeply grateful for all those who helped make our vision a reality.”

Capital improvements to Catholic Central’s downtown campus through The Greatest Gift campaign include the Student Center, a multipurpose space meant to foster innovation and collaboration among students; the STEAM Center; and choir and band rooms. Previous capital improvements from the campaign were made to the CAT athletic complex, 2770 Knapp St. NE, which included the addition of an athletic stadium. In addition, funds from the campaign were invested in personnel and student growth by increasing scholarships and reinventing the student support services department.  

“The origin of the word ‘philanthropy’ is Greek. Translated, it means ’love of humankind.’  You, our beloved community, put love into action and made The Greatest Gift happen,” said Beth Banta, director of advancement for the high school. “We are incredibly grateful to each of you. Thank you.”

For more information about The Greatest Gift campaign, visit

Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School, 319 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, is the oldest co-educational diocesan Catholic high school in the nation, founded in 1906. The institution is a college preparatory high school focused on academic excellence and spiritual growth. The school currently has an enrollment of 680 students. For more information about Catholic Central High School, please visit our website: