Xavier College Preparatory High School in Thousand Palms, California, has announced a $2 million grant from the Los Angeles-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
The funds will be used to help complete the first phase of construction, including a 45,000-square-foot classroom building and a large gymnasium, of the Jesuit school. Approximately twelve hundred students are expected to be enrolled at the four-year co-ed school by 2009.
Construction of the only Catholic high school within ninety miles of Thousand Palms is expected to cost more than $55 million, with several multi-million-dollar gifts already pledged and scholarships currently being endowed. Future construction plans call for two additional classroom buildings, a performing arts center, an administration building, a religious center with chapel, an aquatics center, and competition facilities for football, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field.
"Education is the cornerstone for future generations and for the betterment of all peoples," said foundation president and CEO Steven M. Hilton. "Our board sees support for an educational institution like Xavier Prep that combines the best of academic tradition with Catholic values such as a sense of concern and responsibility for the less fortunate as a critical component of our mission as set forth by Conrad Hilton."