175th Preview: Father Owens Comes to Saint James
175th Preview: Father Owens Comes to Saint James

Father Owens helped introduce the diversity to Saint James that we celebrate today. Having served overseas, he felt it was important to participate in a program that would bring international students from England, Germany, and Japan. In the fall of 1976, Saint James also opened enrollment to female students. As the student body expanded, so too did the campus.

Throughout Father Owens' tenure, about sixteen buildings and properties were built or acquired for the School. Faculty and student housing grew. The Cotton Gym, now the current Fine Arts Building, was built in 1960, allowing for the construction of Powell Hall where the former gym once stood. In 1964, construction on the School's Chapel began. The building was consecrated on May 1, 1966. Today, the spiritual traditions of Chapel are a vital part of the life of students and faculty. Each morning begins in Chapel as students gather to strengthen their spiritual lives.

After 29 years of service, Father Owens retired in 1984. Today, his core values and spiritual leadership continue to resonate. After his retirement, Father Richard H. Baker, Jr. became the School's 9th Headmaster. During Father Baker's tenure, Alumni Hall was constructed and a theater program took flight under Mr. Marty Collin and Mr. Robert Grab.

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