Honoring the memory of her late husband, Rachel Segal has committed the largest gift in the 78-year history of Jesuit Dallas as the single donor in the construction of the David A. Segal Family Aquatic Center. The 29,000-square foot state-of-the-art natatorium, which has been made possible thanks to Segal’s $17 million gift to the School, is scheduled to open in spring 2021.
“Jesuit is a unique institution in Dallas,” shared Rachel. “It is a backbone for the underserved locally and abroad, and the rigorous academics and discipline it offers provided a huge benefit to my sons. However, the biggest impact Jesuit made on the boys was the development of their emotional intellect. Walking under the ‘Men for Others’ signage every day was a walk-the-talk experience. It is an honor to support the School, and it is a wonderful tribute to be able to preserve David’s memory in this way.”
In addition to serving as a practice and competitive venue for the swimming & diving teams, and the School’s water polo program, the facility, which has been affectionately nicknamed, “The Gull,” will benefit a vast majority of Jesuit students by providing a space for injury rehab therapy, as well as endurance and flexibility training for other sports, learn-to-swim programs, scuba certification instruction, and lifeguard training and certification.
The facility will include an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool as well as a four-lane warmup/teaching pool with separate climate and water controls. Featuring the latest in pool and video technology, the David A. Segal Family Aquatic Center will also include a climate-controlled gallery with chair-back spectator seating for 250 guests.
“We are deeply humbled by the generosity of the Segal family,” said President Mike Earsing. “The Gull will enrich the educational environment at Jesuit Dallas in so many ways. Beyond its obvious application as a venue for athletic competition and training for all sports, the space will serve as an additional science lab of sorts by allowing our students to engage in experiments and activities not currently possible. Our marine biology program, which focuses on addressing environmental issues across the globe and is unique in its scope among secondary schools, will also greatly benefit. When we consider fully all of the possibilities, the addition of a natatorium on our campus is wonderful and exciting.”
ABOUT JESUIT DALLAS
Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (Jesuit Dallas) was founded in 1942 as a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. Located on a 34-acre campus in North Dallas, the School provides a rigorous student centered Jesuit education to approximately 1,100 students in grades 9-12. In addition to offering a college preparatory curriculum, Jesuit Dallas partners with hundreds of organizations locally and abroad in supporting the largest high school community service department in Texas. Nearly 100% of the student body participates in at least one of the School’s 116 extracurricular activities, which include nationally reputable programs in robotics, debate, classical studies, and athletics.
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