The Heritage Quad will salute that past by putting the 35-foot victory light replica upon a pedestal, the key feature of the prominent campus addition that not only will recognize JCA's past graduates and teachers, but honor the school’s history and tradition, according to the school's Web site.
"The Heritage Quad remembers and celebrates St. Francis Academy, De LaSalle High School, and Joliet Catholic High School," all of which are former schools that merged over the years to create JCA, the Web site said. "(It will also) honor the religious communities whose faith founded these schools: the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and the Order of Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Province."
Naming rights for the victory light will be sold for $100,000, and $10,000 donors are being sought for each of the three heritage walls. There will also be 16 windows, 19 benches and 300 pavers to be sold for naming rights, the Web site said.
Principal Jeff Budz told the Joliet Herald News the project could be completed by summer 2014, depending on how quickly money is raised.
He also said alumni were the ones who pushed for the school's heritage to be celebrated.
“We heard there needs to be more of an honoring of
our tradition and the spirituality of the schools that came before us,”
Budz said in the Herald News article. "We heard that loud and clear."