Important Dates



2011 1966
April 23, 1963
Formal announcement by system pastors to finance and construct a $1.5 million building program. Pastors: Fr. Charles Steinlage, Sts. Peter & Paul, Petersburg; Fr. Donald Peters, St. Paul, Worthington; Msgr. John Mayer, St. Francis Xavier, Dyersville; Fr. Herman Dietz, St. Joseph, Earlville; Fr. Nicholas Krull, St. Bonifice, New Vienna.
February 24, 1965
Beckman name confirmed. (selected by students, parents, and pastors. Named after Archbishop J. L. Beckman.
May 16, 1965
August 31, 1965
Beckman's structural beginnings
September 1966
Beckman Opened. (Costs: $1.8 million) 522 students- grades 9-12, Staff- 27, 4- Priests, 12- Sisters, 3- Christian Brothers, 8- Lay staff.
Jan. 27, 1967
First mass offered in Beckman chapel by Monsignor Mayer.
May 7, 1967
Archbishop Byrne officiated at solemn blessing and dedication.
June 4, 1967
First graduating class- 121 students.
September 1970
Three hundred students, grades 7 & 8, from System schools entered Beckman on a shared time basis with Western Dubuque. In May of '71 an agreement was struck to hold shared time at Kortenkamp Hall on the Xavier campus.
September 1970
A Special Education Day Care Center was established with the cooperation of Area Residential Care. Seven students were enrolled, ages 4-7.
September 1970
New Bleachers installed in the gymnasium.
October 1970
New Scoreboard donated by the Lions and JayCees.
Nov. 5, 1973
Board voted to close Beckman due to financial crisis.
Nov. 19, 1973
Motion to close school was rescinded. (Spearheaded by Joe Ertl and Linus Showalter) By November 19, lay leaders collected $570,655 of $750,000 goal in two weeks. Committee chair: Bud Domeyer. Co-Chairs: Leon Bagge, Bill Bonert, Bill Domeyer, Bob Engelken, John Kruse, Martin Kruse, Phil Kruse '68, 'Red' Loesche, Dave Lueck, LaVerne Mensen, Mark Peckham.
Beckman Endowment Board established.
May 1989
Shared time discontinued by Western Dubuque.
May 9, 1991
25th Beckman Anniversary Liturgy Presiding: Fr. Dennis Cain, Fr. Phil Kruse.
July 1998
Endowment property purchased.
June 2002
Parking Lot Paved.
June-Aug. 2003
Sports facility constructed. First football game- August 2004
July 2003
Library renovation.
September 2003
New Bleachers installed in gymnasium
May 2004
Concession stand built.
June 2005
Auditorium renovation.
July 2, 2006
40th Anniversary Celebration Liturgy Presiding was Msgr. David Wheeler
August 2008
Air conditioning installed
April 2009
Patio renovation
August 2009
Softball facility-Constructed in April of 2009, First game May 2010
August 2010
Football Field renovation.
July 2012
All School Reunion.
Blazing Forward Capital Campaign launched.
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