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Photo By Michael Alexander
(L-r) Mayor Eva Galambos, the mayor of Sandy Springs, Msgr. Edward Dillon, pastor of Holy Spirit Church, Atlanta, Jordan Daly and David Sullivan, class of 2018, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, and Kyle Pietrantonio, Holy Spirit Preparatory Lower School principal, conduct the ribbon cutting on the steps of the main building.


Holy Spirit Lower School building, field rededicated

Published October 13, 2011

ATLANTA–Holy Spirit Preparatory School held a rededication for its Lower School building and field on Sept. 29, after a $2 million renovation was completed over the summer.

The renovated Lower School building houses students from kindergarten through fourth grade. Holy Spirit Prep’s current enrollment for grades kindergarten through sixth is 351 students.

Holy Spirit Preparatory fourth graders stand attentively during the blessing by Archbishop Gregory. Grace Kelly, front row, center, holds a time capsule that was presented to each grade, kindergarten through sixth. Each class will bury its time capsule in the courtyard garden to commemorate the rededication ceremony and they will be unearthed some years down the road. Photo By Michael Alexander

The structure, originally built in 1937, was modernized throughout, including the entrance, foyer and hallways. Every classroom was updated with technology that allows teachers to transfer information from a computer screen and project it onto an interactive whiteboard.

The capstone of the summer renovations was a two-acre, state-of-the-art synthetic turf field for soccer and recess. The six soccer goals are not new, but their nets are.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory presided at a morning Mass just prior to the dedication.

One of the crowning achievements of the school’s $2 million summer renovation program was a two-acre, state-of-the-art synthetic turf field for soccer and recess use. Photo By Michael Alexander

Sandy Springs’ Mayor Eva Galambos assisted with the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place on the steps of the portico of the school’s entrance. Representatives from the architecture firm, Cooper Cary, and the general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, attended the event.

During the week following the rededication, each grade buried time capsules in the courtyard garden to commemorate the event, including Bible verses, essays, mementos, photographs and rosary beads they had made.

In a talk to the students about the capsules, principal Kyle Pietrantonio said, “The hope is that when you and your classmates unearth your capsule some years down the road you will remember this special occasion. You will remember the beautiful space in which you learned, played and prayed. You will remember the wonderful teachers who taught you not just the three R’s—reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic—but also religion—and how to become young women and men for others.  In short, how to live out our school motto—‘To serve, not to be served.’”

The Lower School for Holy Spirit Preparatory School ( is located at 4820 Long Island Drive, Atlanta.