As St. Thomas approaches the final hours of the
4500 Forever Capital Campaign, the total stands
some $28 million short of the $66 million goal.
That was until the emergence of an unlikely hero,
an anonymous alumni donor known only by his
alias, 4500 Mystery Man.
Many students may have not heard of this sleeping giant. This master of disguise may give the capital
campaign the boost it needs to secure the acquisition of the High School for Law Enforcement and
Criminal Justice, known as the North Campus.
The identity of this generous benefactor remains unknown, but his scheme in helping St. Thomas
reach its multi-million dollar goal is anticipated to motivate other big contributors to donate.
The “No Substitute For Victory” Challenge was announced by President Rev. Kevin Storey, CSB, prior
to the first ever live broadcast of a football game by our own Eagle Broadcast Network at Granger
Stadium Friday, Oct. 26 against Episcopal High School.
The short-term $6 million challenge constitutes that for every dollar donated and pledged to the
4500Forever campaign will be matched by the mysterious donor, up to $6M.
It is an act of creative magic, an attempt to turn a $6 million donation into a total of $12 million.
Inspired after the cardiac miracle win over Strake Jesuit, the anonymous donor felt a call to action.
“I was prompted to donate a large sum to St. Thomas because I believe in the history of the school
and want to see St. Thomas maintain its high standards well into the future,” the donor said.
Once STH officially gains the North Campus, St. Thomas’ property size will grow from 16 acres to 27
acres and will gain an additional 200 parking spots.
The increase in size of the campus also comes with a growth in the student body.
Presently, St. Thomas has over 745 students from over 120 zip codes. In the coming years, the school
plans on accepting an additional 25 students per year to reach 1,000 students.
“My hopes and dreams for St. Thomas include a high school which delivers an education for young
men growing into manhood in the 21st century,” the donor said.
$60 million is a large goal but, thanks to this mystery man and his lead gift, STH is on its way to an
assured victory when the December 15 closing date arrives.
“I hope that St. Thomas can continue to stress the core values of faith, and to create a culture that
instills respect, perseverance, courage, compassion, integrity and gratitude in its students,” the donor
The NSFV Challenge wraps up Nov. 14, just one year after STH was named the winning bidder on the
And until the Alumni Night football game Nov. 7, the mystery hero will remain just that: a mystery.