The Second Century
In 1972, the Seattle Fire Department found the seven-decade-old building out of compliance with fire safety regulations and in need of substantial renovation. The issue galvanized the HNA community of parents and friends, and the Sisters engaged an advisory board to assist with fundraising and facility planning. This board evolved into a high-functioning Board of Trustees, which became the policy-making body for the school and assumed full responsibility for the fiscal health of the organization. In 1980, the Board of Trustees launched its first official capital campaign in order to repair the roof and dome, renovate the physics lab, and create a college counseling center. On June 21, 1985, Holy Names Academy was separately incorporated from the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. This mutual agreement, the outcome of a strong and vibrant relationship with the sisters that continues today, ensures the Academy’s long-term future.
Under the Dome
The imposing architecture of the main Academy building, designed in the neo-classical style by Albert Breitung, has been carefully preserved over the years. Few exterior changes have occurred other than the removal of the north tower after a 1965 earthquake. Inside, however, classrooms and offices have been remodeled, technological infrastructure upgraded, and new facilities added, such as a professional-grade recording studio and a fitness center. Renovations have always been respectful of the school’s history; for example, new moldings and floors match the originals throughout the building, and the old laundry chutes now house technology cables. The campus was enhanced in 1990 by the addition of a separate gym building on what had once been tennis courts and by the 2017 creation of a three-story pavilion connecting the gym and the historic school. In 2021, a new athletic complex and an underground parking garage opened.
Campaigns to Secure the Present—and the Future
Until the building of the Jeanne Marie McAteer Lee Gymnasium in 1990, all student athletic practices and competitions were held in rented or loaned spaces. The new structure provided a valuable resource as HNA developed a championship athletic program.
In the mid-1990s, a third capital campaign, Secure the Future, resulted in extensive improvements that coincided with the growth of the school’s program and enrollment: new science, technology, and art facilities; classroom renovations; computer networking of the entire school; dome and parlor restoration, and endowment growth.
A fourth capital campaign, Momentum: Advancing the Mission in 2004, raised over $4.6 million to support complete replacement and redesign of the roof and cornices on the main building, construction of a new high-tech music facility, and strengthening of the endowment.
In the wake of a long-range study in 2012, an endowment and building campaign, Transcend: Beyond Excellence, raised over $10.5 million, the majority for scholarship endowment to strengthen the school’s commitment to keeping an Academy education affordable to young women from a variety of economic backgrounds. The campaign also funded a new science center, a robust wireless system, and a renovated cafeteria.
The three-story Mary Herche Pavilion, which opened in 2017, joined the landmark 1908 building to the 1990 gymnasium. The pavilion includes a fitness center, commons area, rooftop deck, and other improvements, including an ADA-accessible elevator in the main building to supplement the historic elevator.
Foundation for the Future: New Athletic Complex & Underground Parking Garage
By 2018, the Academy recognized challenges to the school’s long-term sustainability, notably the acute lack of parking in a rapidly changing Capitol Hill neighborhood and insufficient facilities for a thriving athletics program. In response, the school undertook one of the largest capital initiatives in its history, the Foundation for the Future campaign to support the construction of an underground parking garage and a new athletic complex atop it. Starting in 2019, the previous gym was removed, the site was excavated for a five-level, 243-vehicle garage, and a new Jeanne Marie McAteer Lee Athletic Complex rose at the Roy Street end of the HNA campus. Despite delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the $36.4 million project was completed in fall 2020—on time and on budget.