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Excellence, Leadership, Tradition

The Centennial Capital Campaign for Fenwick High School


Fenwick Master Facilities Plan

Centennial Campaign

Celebrating our 90th anniversary school year in 2018-19, Fenwick High School is excited to be fully engaged in Excellence, Leadership, TraditionThe Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School!  This transformational campaign will lead Fenwick to its centennial celebration in 2028-29 and solidify the future of Fenwick for its second century, as it is a strategic campaign designed to address Fenwick’s needs for 2029 and beyond.

With the announcements in 2018 of two of the largest individual gifts in Fenwick history – $3 million from Mike Quinlan ’62 and $1.5 million from Joe Tate ’62 (links to the right) – The Centennial Campaign is well on its way to completion of phase one of Fenwick’s master facilities plan (pictured above).

As we begin 2019, Fenwick is thrilled to announce another historic gift – $3 million from an anonymous donor!  This lump-sum gift is restricted to the second phase of facilities improvements, the Centennial Addition, as it will be used to name the new dining hall after deceased alumnus Arthur T. Dalton ’42 

Fenwick’s recently completed strategic plan for the next four years is in full support of the long-range vision articulated during the planning process for Excellence, Leadership, Tradition The Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School and its planned facilities improvements phases.


Phase One includes two already-completed projects and a major improvement to the Fenwick campus, which began in summer 2018:

  • The completely refurbished and newly-air conditioned Pearl and Angelo Mazzone Chapel was officially dedicated on October 29, 2017. 


  • Fenwick Field (an all-weather, turf field) at the corner Division and Harlem was dedicated on September 7, 2017.  


Two Fenwick-owned apartment buildings adjacent to the south side of Fenwick’s fieldhouse on Scoville Av. were demolished over summer 2018 to make way for a temporary surface parking lot for this school year.  




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In June 2019, construction will begin on the 350+ space Michael R. Quinlan ’62 Parking Center, with expected completion by the 2020-21 school year.


The total cost to complete all three projects of Phase One is $16 to 17 million.  $17.5 million has been raised to date for The Centennial Campaign with $2.0 million earmarked for endowment and tuition assistance.  About $3.5 million has been spent on the Pearl and Angelo Mazzone Chapel, Fenwick Field, demolition of the apartments and paving of the temporary surface lot, and other campaign expenses.  As mentioned, $3 million is restricted to phase two of the facilities improvements. 

The Quinlan Parking Center will cost $13 to $14 million (including utilities, sewer and back-up generator removal/replacement), so $4 to $5 million is still needed to complete Phase One:

  • Centennial Campaign dollars committed to date                        $17.5 million
  • Facilities Improvements and Campaign expenses                     ($3.5 million)
  • Restricted to Centennial Addition (phase two)                           ($3.0 million)
  • Restricted to Endowment/Tuition Assistance                             ($2.0 million)
  • Unrestricted use for Phase One                                                  $9.0 million
  • Cost of Quinlan Parking Center                                              $13-$14 million
  • Needed to Complete Phase One                                        $4 to $5 million

Completion of the parking center in Phase One is critical because it takes the “parking question” out of the enrollment decision and enables Fenwick to continue to attract families from a wide area of Chicagoland. 


Additionally, given the practicalities of construction on Fenwick’s footprint – while continuing to operate an excellent college preparatory high school with a full range of programs – the parking center must be completed in order for the other phases of The Centennial Campaign to commence, as Fenwick’s current parking lot (photo below) will become a construction staging area for months at a time.


As Fenwick raises the necessary funds and the construction calendar permits, phases two and three of The Centennial Campaign will be completed in the years after 2020 and before our centennial celebration in 2028-29.  These phases address many student life needs.

Phase Two — Centennial Addition (view renderings) a four-story, multi-purpose building

  • 21st century classroom space and meeting areas.
  • New music, choir and art space.
  • New indoor athletic practice and training fieldhouse.
  • New ground-level dining room, kitchen, student union and landmark entrance.


Phase 3 — Interior Renovation and Exterior Finishing (view renderings)

  • Current cafeteria becomes a 250-person auditorium.
  • Current kitchen becomes athletic training/fitness area.
  • Creation of a campus-like feel with a quad, dramatic archway onto campus and landscaping, all in keeping with the collegiate Gothic style of architecture that elevates our students’ expectations.









Alongside the improvements in the master facilities plan, Excellence, Leadership, Tradition – The Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School also seeks to increase commitments and realized gifts to the endowment and current tuition assistance by $50 million by 2028-2029.  This will provide on-going tuition assistance and faculty professional development funds for generations to come.

Current tuition assistance is provided by several individual and class “named” expendable scholarship funds. Current gifts to the endowment, including several class scholarship efforts and individual “named” funds provide tuition assistance and faculty professional development funds in perpetuity.  


We also expect planned giving – bequests, charitable trusts, life insurance, retirement assets, and the like – to play an increasingly important role in Fenwick’s ability to reach its endowment goals.  We have increased our educational initiatives about planned giving via newsletters and our website, and we continue to identify advisors within the Fenwick community who can provide assistance with sophisticated, tax-advantaged, even income-producing gifts that can benefit you and/or your family, while also providing support to Fenwick.


Documented planned gift intentions to Fenwick are recognized by the benefactor’s inclusion in the Bernacki Society.  Over the past two or so years over 20 new benefactors have joined the Bernacki Society.  We expect to continue to see excellent growth in the Bernacki Society during The Centennial Campaign and beyond.  For more information about the benefits of planned giving and/or the Bernacki Society, please contact Jean Johnson, Senior Director of Major Gifts and Campaign Manager:, 708-948-0308.


Now in its 90th school year, Fenwick looks forward to its Centennial celebration in 2028-29.  We are keenly aware of and grateful for the history of sacrifice, benevolence and financial support of the Fenwick community.  Fenwick’s excellence, leadership and tradition as a school and the ultimate success of The Centennial Campaign is interdependent with the cooperation, success and support of the Fenwick community. 


This is a momentous time for Fenwick. Let us together secure the future of Fenwick with the successful completion over the next decade of Excellence, Leadership, TraditionThe Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School.  Thank you.


If you would like more information about The Centennial Campaign or have any questions, please contact Jean Johnson, Senior Director (see above), or Chris Ritten, V.P. of Institutional Advancement:, 708-948-0350. 


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