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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.

In January of 2021 a special gift made it possible to approve moving forward with the addition of the auxiliary gym. Construction began in the fall of 2021.

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


Challenges & Solutions - Phase #1


Build a Chapel/Fine Arts Center

(499 fixed seats)

  • Dedicated space for daily chapel services, performances, and large group assemblies

  • Dressing rooms and space for set preparation and storage

Limited Worship and Fine Arts Space
Inadequate Space for Music Instruction and Fine Arts Storage

Include and equip space for:

  • A music room sized to accommodate our program needs well into the future

  • Space for music/fine arts instruction, practice rooms and storage

Inadequate Facilities for Kitchen and Dining

Upgrade kitchen & dining space, including:

  • A commercially equipped kitchen

  • Commons seating for current and future food service needs


Phase #1 - What's Happening Now

The new kitchen and cafeteria have been completed and are being used by our students and staff!

Progress on our fine arts addition (chapel/auditorium and music room) is on track for completion by March 2022. Delivery and installation of audiovisual as well as stage lighting and equipment will determine exactly when we occupy this space. One of our primary goals is having the auditorium ready for our April 7-9 production of the musical, Beauty and the Beast.

The footings and foundation of our auxiliary gym are in, the floor has been poured, and structural steel is going up. The auxiliary gym is projected to be completed by June 2022.

There is much progress evident in all of these areas. Praise God for the progress, and stop by and see the facilities first hand. We'd love to show you around!

Additional gifts to our United in Praise campaign will be a great blessing as we strive to provide the facilities that will support excellence in Christian education for many years to come. (See Finishing Touches and Bridging the Gap below.)

Thank you for your gifts and prayers on behalf of this project!

"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.

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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

Construct an auxiliary gymnasium allowing:

  • Flexibility in scheduling athletic and fine arts activities

  • More manageable and consistent student schedules

Limited Classroom and Administrative Office Space

Create a more welcoming visitor experience from reception and beyond

  • More recognizable and welcoming reception areas for guests

  • Repurposed space for student counseling and small group meetings and the provision of office space for the entire administrative team

  • Additional classrooms to provide instructional space for an expanding student body


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.

January 2021 Update: A special gift has made it possible to approve moving forward with the addition of the auxiliary gym. Construction began in the fall of 2021.

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