Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School is extremely pleased and proud to announce the receipt of a fifty thousand dollar leadership gift from 1986 alumna Naja Pham Lockwood and her husband David Lockwood. This gift is a contribution toward the development of a life sciences/biotech learning center which will be named after Naja’s father, Joseph Tham D. Pham. This learning center will provide Holy Name students the opportunity to engage in cutting edge, authentic lab experiences in a fully renovated learning space equipped with the latest technologies, devices, and instrumentation.
We are very grateful to the Pham family for this remarkable tribute to their father, a high school principal who fled Vietnam with his family and arrived in the United Sates on a refugee ship after the Fall of Saigon in 1975. With support from the Diocese of Worcester, Monsignor Tinsley, and Catholic Charities, the family resettled, and all three children graduated from Holy Name and went on to great colleges, graduate schools, and careers. Theirs is a remarkable story of perseverance, faith, and the power of education.
With this gift, we are confident that we will complete our fundraising for this project in the next six months and be able to open this life sciences/biotech lab in the fall of 2018. We are also grateful to Worcester Polytechnic Institute for their guidance through the design and construction of this space. Their involvement assures us that this improvement to our facility will incorporate the most recent advances regarding curriculum and instruction, ensuring that our graduates are well prepared for the academic rigor of our best colleges and universities.