Cathedral High School Receives $3M Gift To Officially Close Centennial Campaign

Cathedral High School Foundation, Inc. announces that an anonymous donor has donated $3M to the school to officially close out their Centennial Campaign, the school’s largest capital campaign, which raised well over the $25M stretch goal. 

The donation will create an endowment fund whose income will then be used to support enhancements to the current Language Support Program and Academic Support Program at Cathedral. Enhancements will include the hiring of two new positions, software purchases, and funding for psychoeducational evaluations which diagnose potential learning differences and/or psychological disabilities.

“We are extremely grateful for this donation,” says Cathedral Principal Julie Barthel. “Thanks to this gift, we will continue to move forward in providing innovative instruction that not only promotes interdisciplinary learning and exploration, but also enhances our academic approach and strong commitment to exceptional learners.”

Cathedral High School has pioneered services in Indianapolis for bright, college-bound students with specific language disabilities. Founded in 1980 by Elizabeth “Betsy” Barnard, Cathedral’s Language Support Program has received national recognition for its excellence in education. LSP guides students with language processing disorders of various types to learn and succeed in high school, college and life. Cathedral’s unique approach includes a combination of trained teachers, small classes, focused composition courses, Latin within the program, a Learning Resource Center, and a testing center which provides extended time testing for all courses and high stakes testing. Throughout the long history of this program, more than 1,000 Cathedral graduates in LSP have attended and graduated from hundreds of colleges and universities around the country.

While the donors wish to remain anonymous, they support and believe in Cathedral’s vision to provide the best possible education for each individual student and to ensure that any student who desires to attend Cathedral will have the academic support services available to ensure their success.

“Our Centennial Campaign gave Cathedral the opportunity to not only celebrate our great history but also ensure her bright future. Thanks to this gift and the gifts of other incredible donors, Cathedral will continue to flourish for generations to come in empowering the individual greatness within each student we serve,” says Vice President of Advancement, Nicole Beasley.