“A trophy carries dust, memories last forever” - Mary Lou Retton, Olympic Gold Medalist
Albertus Magnus High School officially opened to students in September 1957. For the first 13 years of the school’s existence Falcon athletes participating in cross country, baseball, soccer or track and field practiced in the AM parking lot, or in a cleared space in the woods beside the school. Even when they were listed as the home team, Albertus went to other venues in the county for meets and games.
The home team never had the home field advantage for over a decade.
In October 1970, the track and fields at Albertus Magnus were dedicated by Terrence Cardinal Cooke. Albertus ushered in a new era of prosperity, boasting a “state of the art” facility for its expanding enrollment and sports offerings including freshman and JV baseball and soccer, and intramural football.
In the 70’s, Title IX rightfully brought an additional set of women’s sports to the fields – from softball to soccer to track and cross country. The intervening years have seen the addition of varsity and JV football, boy’s and girl’s lacrosse and girl’s field hockey. All have been lucky enough to play with the home field advantage.
In those years Albertus athletes, parents and boosters have participated in numerous PSAL titles, a few New York State titles (Boys Soccer and Cross Country), heart-stopping wins, heartbreaking losses, and countless lessons learned about the nature of sport, sportsmanship, and life.
It’s estimated that there have been about 44,000 sporting events and practices on the Albertus track and field in the past 47 years. That is our glorious and shared history as alumni of Albertus Magnus. It was, and remains – a school like no other.
But like any 47-year old with that kind of mileage, our track and our fields are showing their age. While the number of sports has increased ten-fold since 1970, the footprint on which those games are played remains as it was the day they were dedicated. We can no longer hold track meets at Albertus due to State-wide standards and safety issues that the existing track cannot meet. The soccer field on Friday becomes the football field on Saturday and the lacrosse or field hockey field on Monday. There is no rest for the fields, and grass doesn’t grow in July.
It’s time for a new track and new fields at Albertus Magnus – long past time. The vision is a new track that meets all State and safety standards, and new multi-purpose turf fields (upper and lower) suitable for decades of games and practices to come, and a differentiator for prospective student athletes in a very competitive Catholic High School market. Information about how we can all participate in helping make this vision a reality for the generations of Falcons still to come, can be found on the following pages.
One anecdote: The boys’ soccer team won the New York State championship in 2006 despite playing all their sectional and championship games as the visiting team. They had to give up the home field advantage that was rightfully theirs – travelling to schools across the state because the upper field was not playable due to overuse. We should never have to give up home field advantage again.
With your help, we won’t. We have a shared responsibility. We can create a shared legacy. We are – and always will be - AM.
Capital Campaign Club Levels
$1,000,000 or more
The Veritas Society
$500,000 or more
Order of Preachers Society
$250,000 or more
St. Catherine of Siena Society
$100,000 or more
St. Dominic Circle
$50,000 or more
St. Thomas Aquinas Circle
$25,000 or more
$10,000 or more
$5,000 or more
St. Albert the Great Club
$2,500 or more
$1,000 or more
$100 or more
Think back to the people who have transformed your life and made you who you are today. A truly gratifying experience is giving a gift in honor or
in memory of someone important – someone who has influenced your life. The Soaring Falcons Capital Campaign
will have multiple opportunities to create lasting tributes to family and friends. Please contact the Albertus Magnus Development Office to discuss
the available opportunities.
*Must contribute 40% to the cost of the construction of the item
The Entire Athletic Facility
Soccer/Football/Lacrosse/Field Hockey Field
Softball Dug outs
Donations of $1000 and above - Your name will appear on the prominently located Wall of Giving located by the entrance to the complex
See the List of Donors Click Here
Our Goal: $1.8 Million
Donations to date: over$700,000
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We are seeking donors at 50k (10k each year for 5 years) or 10k (2k for five years). If you are able to make a gift to the campaign and be a part of the below virtual plaque, please click the donate now button to complete your pledge.
Once we reach our goal of 20 50K donors and 100 at the 10k level, a permanent plaque will be installed at the field to commemorate the donors who made the track and field a reality for Albertus. Thank you!
A Capital Campaign for a school like Albertus is used to raise money for a major project that is too expensive to include in the school’s Fiscal Year budget.
Examples of such projects can include replacing old windows, adding a new wing of classrooms, building a theater, renovating athletic facilities, or building an endowment.
In these cases, schools will run a Campaign to raise money for the project. Campaigns usually run for at least one year and often more.
In order to remove the old track and grass field and replace them with a state-of-the-art track and turf field, we borrowed $1,800,000.
We are now running a Track and Field Capital Campaign to repay the debt. This Campaign is in the second year of a five year plan to pay back the loan.
To date, we have raised over $700,000 in contributions and pledges.