The Gordon & Gail Lee Family Chapel & Campus Ministry Center
In 1998, the architectural firm of PJHM/MKA began a long process of designing the new Chapel and Campus Ministry Center for Mater Dei High School. Under the direction of then Principal Patrick Murphy and Rector Fr. Steve Sallot, the new building began to take shape, as architects worked diligently on a master plan for the entire campus. In order to maintain the "brick and mortar" look of the campus, and keep the intimacy of the old chapel, the architects incorporated many old elements in the new design. Students enjoy spending time in this space to pray, to serve the community, and to grow in fellowship with their classmates. The Campus Ministry Center is truly the heart of Mater Dei.
Mater Dei's academic reputation allows for 99% of graduating seniors to attend a college or university of their choice. Academic standards are high and students are motivated to learn. Those who are prepared to work hard find success at Mater Dei and beyond. Continuous expansion of academic programs and services is necessary to continue to produce top scholars.
MD Vision 2020 Phase: Academics included a new counseling and guidance center, 22 new technologically advanced classrooms, the Muth Family Learning Center, Borchard Family Library, Ward Family Multi-Media Center, a science wing with state -of -the- art lab/lecture rooms and the Josef D'Heygers Academic Services Clocktower. Also included in this phase is the technological upgrades of classrooms in the 200, 300, 500 and 600 wings.
Mater Dei students and faculty are recognized for their dedication to their school. Over 80% of the student body is involved in one or more activities that make their Mater Dei experience a memorable one. More than 1/3 of our faculty moderate, direct or coach an extracurricular program. The student activities program hosts over 30 clubs on campus, including the Associated Student Body. For years, Mater Dei activities were coordinated out of a modular building on the outskirts of campus.
Thanks to a generous gift from Reed & Angela LeVecke, student activities now have an exciting place to call home. The LeVecke Center, which opened in September 2002, consists of a flexible multipurpose room used for meetings, dances, class masses, awards assemblies, special luncheons, banquets, lunch seating and practice space for extracurricular activities. Along with the Carol Ann LaRosa ASB Center, this complex brings student activities to one central location. The Shamrock Plaza (named by the John O'Connor family), adjacent to the LeVecke Center, is the ideal place for students to gather and study or socialize.
It is difficult for alumni, current students and faculty to imagine a Mater Dei with ample parking. However, This dream has become reality. In September 1999 students and parents were welcomed back to school without parking hassles. A new parking lot (formerly Baker Street) was constructed to accommodate 400 student cars. An additional parking lot at the corner of Bristol and Edinger Streets has also been constructed for Mater Dei's use. This overall plan, in coordination with Santa Ana's Bristol Street corridor project, has secured the safety of our students, improved traffic flow and neighbor relations.