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Oratory Prep Opens, Dedicates Game-Changing DeGaeta Hall

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DeGaeta Hall on the campus of Oratory Prep is now open. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
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Al DeGaeta addresses the crowd at the recent Grand Opening and Dedication of Oratory Prep's newest building. Credits: Justin Wallburg
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Al DeGaeta and Oratory Board of Trustees Chair Joseph Weinhoffer at the Grand Opening and Dedication of Oratory Prep's newest building, DeGaeta Hall. Credits: Justin Wallburg
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SUMMIT, NJ - More than 800 guests recently attended the Grand Opening and Dedication of Oratory Preparatory School's DeGaeta Hall, a 48,000 square-foot structure that includes -- among its features and amenities -- a new gymnasium, science lab and cafeteria.

The new structure is named after Al DeGaeta, the grandfather of an Oratory alumnus, who oversaw numerous aspects of the construction, and headed up previous renovations to the Bain Building and the installation of the turf field. The building became a reality through the support of the Michael A.J. Farrell Foundation -- named after the school’s former Board Chair -- along with the support of numerous members the Oratory community.

Guests were able to tour the new building after the Dedication Ceremony, and were treated to a barbecue on Cavalero Field to celebrate as a community.

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In addition to the gym, science lab and cafeteria, the new space offers a fitness center, athletic training room, art studio, senior lounge, locker rooms, school store and six classrooms. In addition to those, the administrative offices and Board Room are also housed in DeGaeta Hall, while additional parking space was added around the exterior.

The state of the art facility was designed by architect Jeff Rawding, and Donnelly Construction worked to bring the blueprints to life. Director of Development and Alumni Relations Walter Crum described the new addition by stating, “DeGaeta Hall brings a cutting edge facility to a Blue Ribbon School, while creating the feel of a college campus.”

Serving as the emcee for the Dedication, Head of School Robert Costello added, “So many sacrificially contributed to make the experience and facilities better for Catholic education for our boys. It is a legacy that must continue – never to allow complacency but to push forward with momentum.”

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