Facilities and Rental Information
On March 16, Holy Ghost Prep held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Holt Center, the school’s new 27,000-square foot performing arts, athletic, and activity space.
The ceremony marked an exciting new chapter in Holy Ghost Prep’s history and was a true community event attended by the entire student body, HGP faculty, staff, and administrators. In addition, the March 16 celebration attracted members of the HGP Board of Trustees, members of the Holt family, Dominic and Michele Frederico ’00P, John Di Paolo ’87, other key Vision 2020 donors, alumni, friends, and local politicians who helped make the Holt Center possible.
“This building is a giant step toward us realizing our vision of being premier,” said Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “And today’s monumental step forward would not have happened without the time, talents, and generosity of so many people in this gymnasium this morning.”
During his remarks which were often interrupted by enthusiastic cheers from the student body, Geruson took time to thank everyone who made the historic day possible. In addition to Geruson, the short program of speakers also included Frank Frederico ’00, Thomas Holt Jr.’81, and Pa. state representative Geno DiGirolamo, whose son Anthony attended Holy Ghost.
“Eleven members of our family have graduated from Holy Ghost Prep over the years, and as I said when we broke ground on this facility, it’s only fitting that we’re opening the Holt (Activity) Center, since Holy Ghost has been the activity center for the Holt family for more than 40 years,” said Thomas Holt Jr.’81.
DiGirolamo, for one, was overwhelmed by the magnificence of the Holt Center.
“When I walked in here today, I just thought, ‘Wow, what an amazing accomplishment,’” said DiGirolamo.
The Holt Center will have a major impact on the performing arts and athletic programs at Holy Ghost Prep. The building is home to the Di Paolo Family Gymnasium, a practice gym with six basketball hoops; the the Frank Frederico ’00 Performing Arts Theater, a state-of-the-art performing arts space for school plays and concerts; music rehearsal spaces specifically tailored to accommodate both group and individual instruction; an erg room for the HGP rowing program; indoor batting cages and pitching mounds; and track and field practice space so HGP athletes can sharpen their skills all year round.
“The acoustics in the (Frederico) Theater are great, and it will give us so much of a better experience both for concerts and to rehearse,” said Holy Ghost junior Adam Lawall, who plays saxophone in the band.
Although it just opened, Geruson has already seen the enormous impact that Holt Center, which bustles with after-school activity each day, is having on HGP.
“What we have here in the Holt Center is unparalleled among our competitors,” says Geruson.
After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, which lasted 30 minutes, those in attendance were among the first to tour the new facility.
The building will be officially dedicated next fall as part of Holy Ghost Prep’s Vision 2020 Celebration Weekend on Sept. 15-16, 2018.