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The United in Praise Vision

After many years of dreaming, evaluating, praying and planning, in November 2019 the Great Plains Lutheran High School Association delegates approved a revised Master Site Plan and Facility Expansion Plan. These plans include:

  • a fine arts addition which will include space for worship, music instruction, lessons, rehearsals, concerts, performances, and fine arts storage

  • a classroom addition which will provide the classrooms we need now and into the foreseeable future

  • a classroom remodel which will create needed additional administrative offices

  • an auxiliary gym which will relieve scheduling tension and provide new utilization opportunities

  • a link to the auxiliary gym which will contain a new kitchen and dining area


Using God’s Word, the ministry of Great Plains Lutheran High School touches the hearts of youth, making a lifelong impact that reaches into eternity.

In July of 2020 the GPLHS Association delegates unanimously approved going forward with construction of two areas: the worship, performing arts and music addition, as well as the new kitchen and dining area.

Groundbreaking was held on July 25, 2020. Construction began in September.

We are truly blessed; it is exciting to see several years of dreaming and planning become a reality!


Challenges & Solutions - Phase #1

Limited Worship and Fine Arts Space
Inadequate Space for Music Instruction and Fine Arts Storage
Inadequate Facilities for Kitchen and Dining

Phase #1 - What's Happening Now

As the 2020-2021 school year began, activities inside and outside the GPL school building had something in common. In both cases the foundation was being laid for many years of Christian service. As students built on the foundation of God’s Word in classes and activities, foundation work was also being done for our facility expansion. Activity began in the area where our chapel, auditorium and music room will be built. Some existing equipment was relocated, initial site work was completed, and trenches were dug where footings and foundations will be poured. This foundation work will continue through mid-October. Similar work in the area of our new kitchen and dining area will begin in early October.

It has been exciting for students and all of us to see this progress! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and take a look.

"Great Plains is not just a Lutheran High School; it is a God blessed ministry that educates minds, nurtures souls, builds attitudes and character and develops the qualities and characteristics that our society so desperately needs." 

Christian Weseloh, Parent

Phase #1 - Finishing Touches


Finishing Touches is our effort to provide all of the items needed to furnish and equip our new spaces for student and activity use. The cost of these items is not included in the construction price. We are therefore asking individuals and groups to cover the cost of one or more of the needed items.

The United in Praise Wish List outlines the cost of the items which can be funded in part or in full. For a complete list of wish list items and images – and to see what is still in need of support, click the button below.

Phase #1 - Bridging the Gap


Bridging the Gap is our effort to reduce the amount we will need to borrow to complete Phase #1 of our project. Our current financial plan calls for borrowing $2.5 million. Every dollar given will not only reduce the loan balance, but also make funds available for the next phase of construction.

Bridging the Gap gifts can be made by clicking the button here and designating your gift to: "United in Praise: Bridge the Gap"


Challenges and Solutions - Phase #2

An Over-Booked Gymnasium
Limited Classroom and Administrative Office Space

Phase #2 - What's the Plan?

The Master Site Plan and Facility Expansion Plan were approved by the GPLHS delegates in November 2019. It became clear that some of the expansion pieces could not be constructed within the Phase #1 portion of the project. However, the many benefits of these expansion pieces were clearly recognized by our delegates and will be included in the Phase #2 portion of the United in Praise Facility Expansion. These Phase #2 facility expansion pieces include an auxiliary gym, classrooms, and administrative offices.

Our goal is to begin the Phase #2 facility expansion project as soon as possible following 1) the completed construction of the Phase #1 expansion (aprx. fall 2021) and 2) the completed purchase of all the Phase #1 Finishing Touches. That way Phase #1 expansion will be fully ready for student and activity use before proceeding with Phase #2. If possible, we plan to begin the capital campaign portion of the Phase #2 expansion in 2022.

Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered education to assist families in nurturing students as lifelong disciples of Christ.


1200 Luther Ln. NE

Watertown, SD 57201

Phone: 605-886-0672

Fax: 605-882-9089