Alumni News

Say farewell to Alumni Hall on Feb. 20 and March 7

The Fairfield Prep Community is invited to attend two upcoming events as we bid farewell to Alumni Hall — the home court for the Prep Jesuits Basketball Team and the longest standing building on the Fairfield University campus.

The Jesuits will play their last home game against East Haven on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. During half time Prep will recognize the basketball alumni who have competed over the years at Alumni Hall. (Any basketball alumni who are interested in attending the Feb. 20 game should email Alumni Director Kathy Norell at

The second event is the "Last Call at Alumni Hall" farewell reception, hosted by Fairfield University in conjunction with Fairfield Prep, on Saturday, March 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Remarks will be given by Fairfield University President, Mark R. Nemec, PhD, and by Rev. Charles H. Allen, S.J., Fairfield U. chaplain and special assistant to the President, who will also lead a special prayer.

The upcoming "Last Call" event will provide guests an opportunity to spend time in the building and share stories about their own experiences in Alumni Hall, before construction begins for the planned new Arena & Convocation Center.

The cost to attend the "Last Call at Alumni Hall" farewell reception is $25 per person, with a portion going to support the planned Arena & Convocation Center. There will be food, drinks, and music – and each guest will receive a vintage Fairfield U. shirt. Attendees are encouraged to show their spirit by wearing red or Prep gear to the event.

For more information about "Last Call at Alumni Hall" or to R.S.V.P., please visit the online registration page or contact Rachel Kavanagh, program manager Athletics Development, at 203-254-4000 ext. 2392 or

Fairfield Prep announces $2.5 Million Gift to enhance Science, Technology and Innovation Facilities

FAIRFIELD, CT — Fairfield College Preparatory School has received a generous $2.5 million gift toward a new STEM center. The gift from alumnus Dr. James Barrett, Prep Class of 1960, and his wife April, will support a major science and technology renovation. The fourth floor of Prep’s Xavier Hall will be named the Dr. M. James ’60 & April P. Barrett Science Center.

“Fairfield Prep provided an exceptional foundation for my early education. My wife, April, and myself are delighted to give back to a community that we strongly believe in,” said Dr. Barrett.

The new Barrett Science Center will contain state-of-the-art science suites which combine classroom teaching with laboratory experiments in the subjects of biology and chemistry. The corridors will be active places for continued learning with common/breakout areas for collaboration.

“The impact of this project positions Fairfield Prep to build science suites that will allow our students with ready access to materials, space, and opportunities to learn through hands-on experience and discovery. We are incredibly grateful for the Barrett’s support,” stated Prep President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.

This most recent gift comes on the heels of a $2.5 million gift from Chris ’73 and Elaine McLeod to launch Prep’s new, state of the art Innovation Center on the ground floor of Xavier Hall. This will be a place to encourage, facilitate, inspire and support hands-on interactive and collaborative learning. The McLeod Innovation Center will include a robotics center and makerspace, as well as serve Prep’s new Entrepreneurship Institute.

Robert Cottle, Prep’s Vice President for Advancement, recognizes the generosity of alumni: “All great schools thrive thanks to support from people like the Barretts and McLeods. Prep’s alumni are a dedicated and philanthropic group, which is a reflection of the outstanding work we do every day. This investment in Prep’s future advances our mission for generations to come.”

Both the Science and Innovation Centers are slated for completion in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 respectively.

View concept photos of the Barrett Science Center

Prep alumni veterans honored at Veterans Day Assembly
A group of Fairfield Prep alumni and parents who served in the Armed Forces received a standing ovation from the Prep student body during a Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 11.
Prep students, faculty and staff gathered at Alumni Hall for an event that included a Presentation of the Flag, a performance of the National Anthem by Spencer Spellane '21, and a keynote address by LCDR Andrew J. Adams, USN.
The assembly closed with a special message from our students to our alumni veterans, delivered first by Sam Davenport '20 and followed with cheers from the whole student body.


2018-19 Fairfield Prep Annual Report is Online

Fairfield Prep is pleased to release the 2018-19 Annual Report. It was a tremendous year of growth for our students and faculty. We invite you to visit campus and see your investments in action. 

THANK YOU for all you do. Everything we strive to achieve cannot be accomplished without you! As we embark on the 2019-20 year, we hope you will continue to support Prep.

View the Annual Report virtually.

Download a PDF of the Annual Report.

Prep Alumni veterans invited to Veterans Day Assembly
On Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, the Fairfield Prep Community will be holding a Veterans Day Assembly at Alumni Hall.
We would like to invite the members of the Prep community and our alumni who have served in the Armed Forces to attend.
The assembly will begin at 11:15 a.m. and conclude at 12:15 p.m. Parents are also invited to attend. We look forward to honoring our veterans on that special day.