INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
In 1998, Saint John‘s High School celebrated its 100th anniversary. Ushering in a new era of Catholic educational excellence, the first new building in thirty-five years was completed. In addition to fully equipped science labs, a Media and Technology Center, and three smart classrooms, the Ryken Center provided the Saint John‘s community with the facilities necessary to grow a burgeoning arts program. A versatile black box theater and workroom, two soundproof music rooms and four practice rooms, an art gallery, and Remillard Hall, an exceptional lecture/recital venue, provide our students with the finest facilities to express and develop their creativity. As part of the expansion project, three classrooms were added to the main building along with a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The year 2001 was an historic moment in the history of Saint John‘s High School when the Board of Trustees appointed the school‘s first lay headmaster, Mr. Michael Welch, and endorsed the appointment of its first lay principal, Mr. Stephen Gregory. The seeds of the Sponsorship Program were beginning to bear fruit. Honoring headmaster emeritus, Brother J. Conal Owens, for his thirty-five years of inspired leadership, the "Main Building" was fittingly renamed Conal Hall. In 2002, the Board of Trustees, seeking to update the existing facilities, approved the renovation of three rooms in the "Manor" (the former ‘Dunmorlan’ estate house) to relocate the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Institutional Advancement. A much needed renovation of the gym and expansion of the existing locker room facilities were also undertaken. Renamed the Coaches Pavilion to honor Bob Devlin, Charlie Bibaud and Joe Lane, three legends in Pioneer sports, this beautiful athletic facility, with enhanced lighting and sound and new bleachers, a new playing surface and a new score board, will serve the needs of the Pioneers for generations to come.