• Donnie Williams Center and Innovation Lab

    Enhancing the SMR experience for all of our students!

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  • Groundbreaking Ceremony

    St. Mary's Ryken Board of Directors and past trustees, along with President Mary Joy Hurlburt and Principal Rick Wood

  • Representatives from the Donnie Williams Foundation, along with President Mary Joy Hurlburt, Principal Rick Wood and SMR Students

  • Capital Campaign Steering Committee members along with Jay Mattingly (Town of Leonardtown Council Member), Laschellel McKay (Leonardtown Administrator) with President Mary Joy Hurlburt and Principal Rick Wood

Donnie Williams Center

It is with great excitement that St. Mary’s Ryken has started construction on the Donnie Williams Center, which will provide 48,000 square feet of modern, spacious facilities for many types of school, community and sporting events.

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Located on the upper campus, this facility also will become the new location for graduations, all-school Masses and assemblies.

The center includes:

Locker rooms
Training Facilities
Gathering Spaces
Outdoor patio and common area for students

Opening Fall of 2018

Innovative Lab

As an additional phase of this capital project, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) facilities in Paschal Hall will be enhanced. Modeled after university-level STEM labs, the SMR Innovation Lab will include a classroom, and build and collaboration spaces that will be available to all SMR students

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Highlights of the new learning zones include:

Classroom Space

Seat Classroom
MacBook Pro computers

Build Space

3-D Printers
Wind Tunnel
Construction equipment for robotics and unmanned aerial vehicle program

Collaboration Space

Breakout areas for team construction
Innovative Touch Screens
Full-size robotics competition space
Presentation Area

Opening Winter of 2018

"The SMR community spoke, and we listened! It is clear that this new multi-purpose space will create a center that our students, faculty and staff will be proud of. It will enable our entire school to gather to celebrate our most important events - Mass, graduation, student performances and athletic events. The new gymnasium will provide improved athletic facilities to compete in the prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, and allow us to welcome the community to host their events."

Mary Joy Hurlburt, President and CEO

"This new center will be a tremendous source of pride for our students. This is also the perfect opportunity to invest in an organization that continues to promote the development of young people who will make a positive difference wherever they go from here."

Jimmy Burke, '86, parent '19, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

"The new Innovation Lab will provide a dedicated, exciting environment where our students can engage in authentic design and construction to complement PLTW. Students who choose to participate in this program will have a unique opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills while envisioning solutions that in the past were limited by their imaginations. This lab space will be where student-generated plans and ideas will be transformed into physical products and original inventions."

Mrs. Elizabeth Schuck, Science Department Chair

"St. Mary’s Ryken is all about community and family. These are the reasons why it is so important to give back – because it’s our responsibility to take care of our family."

Patrick Haley, '99

"The momentum is here, and we need to continue that momentum to take advantage of all the right pieces being in place - our faculty, administrators and students. This school is going to be here for a very long time."

Mary Lynn Stone, parent '06 & '08, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

Giving Levels









Every gift makes a difference!


Level Monthly Quarterly Semi-Annually Annually
$10,000 $166 $500 $1,000 $2,000
$25,000 $416 $1,250 $2,500 $5,000
$50,000 $833 $2,500 $5,000 $10,000
$100,000 $1,666 $5,000 $10,000 $20,000


Alumni Meeting Room

Weight/Cardio Facility

Multipurpose Room

Athletic Offices


Naming Opportunities

Opportunities to name various spaces within the center are still available.

Please contact:

Aimee Bixby
Major Gifts Officer

All donors will be recognized as appropriate on signage and/or in various SMR publications.

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