Father Tolton Catholic High School
|Address||3351 E. Gans Road|
In 2007, the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City announced its decision to build a Catholic high school in the Bristol Lake development. In October 2009, the school's name, Father Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School, was chosen in honor of the nation's first-known black Catholic priest. An economic recession slowed the fundraising process. The school opened in August 2011 in space at Columbia College before moving into its building in October.
Address: 3351 E. Gans Road, Columbia
Office Phone: 445-7700
Principal: Kristie Wolfe
Athletic Director: Chad Masters
Area: 23 acres
In 2007, the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City announced plans to build a regional Catholic high school in Columbia. It is located north of Gans Road and west of Highway 63 in the Bristol Lake development. In October 2009, Bishop John Gaydos chose the name Father Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School. The school accepted no more than 200 students during its first year but may eventually have as many as 400.
Tolton was a Missouri native. He later served as a priest in Quincy, Ill., and Chicago and died at age 43 in 1897.
The diocese's original professional fundraiser, the Steier Group, is based in Omaha and had one fundraising event in Columbia to raise money for the high school. The contract with Steier ended early in 2009, and the diocese has a new fundraiser that started efforts in mid-December of that year. Cosgriff Co., also based in Omaha, is a 50-year-old national Catholic fundraising firm that is working with three Columbia Catholic parishes to raise money for construction through donations. The Cosgriff contract lasted through March 2010, and the company aimed to raise the remaining money necessary to reach the $13 million goal needed before breaking ground on construction. Fundraising came to a standstill in February 2009 due to an economic recession. About $8 million of the goal had been reached. The campaign, called “Make it a Reality,” needed another $5 million to begin construction on the high school. Fundraising picked up again in early 2010 and the school was opened in fall 2011.
Now that fundraising goals were met, the school is taking donations in order to build enrollment.
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