Loyola High adds to campus after 40 years

October 19, 1994|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

For the first time in 40 years, Loyola High School at Blakefield is adding to its North Charles Street campus.

Construction work has started on a classroom building adjacent to Wheeler Hall, which faces Charles, and on a driveway that will give the school a second entrance. Bulldozers and tractors also have cut into the lush green hillside, known among students as the "hollow," as part of the $5.5 million project that will take 12 to 14 months to complete.

The building will house 27 classrooms, a 250-seat chapel, the headmaster's office and a drama room, said William Macsherry, assistant director of alumni and development. The 47,000-square foot structure will be built into the hillside and have windows and a stone exterior similar to that of nearby Wheeler Hall, he said.

It will be named the Frederick and Alice Kirkham Burk Memorial Building, in memory of the mother- and father-in-law of Baltimore contractor and philanthropist Henry J. Knott Sr. Mr. Knott, a 1925 graduate of Loyola, is married to the former Marian Burk.

The additional classrooms will allow the school to offer courses it does not have room for now and more sections of popular classes, said Mr. Macsherry. It will also allow the school to return six classrooms in Wheeler to their former use as a student lounge.

There are, however, no plans to increase enrollment at the Jesuit boy's school. With 850 students in grades six to 12, Loyola is at capacity this year, Mr. Macsherry said.

The last building added to the campus was Sheridan Hall, which houses the middle school, built in the 1950s. Mr. Macsherry said school officials hope to use the new Burk Building by the spring semester of the 1995-1996 school year. The building will cost $4.5 million. The additional $1 million will be spent on furnishings and landscaping.

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