The Bob Kelly Performing Arts Center (BKPAC) opened in August 2021. Bob Kelly is a 1935 graduate of West Lafayette High School. He was involved in the performing arts and had a passion for music performance. Throughout his professional career, he traveled with the orchestra that he conducted and performed with. His passion for music performance was handed down to his family, including his son Tom Kelly. Tom is a 1967 WL graduate. His professional music career includes collaborating with Billy Steinberg and writing five number-one singles in the 1980s including "True Colors" (recorded by Cyndi Lauper and Phil Collins), "I'll Stand by You" (recorded by the Pretenders), and "So Emotional" (recorded by Whitney Houston).
This beautiful new performing arts center includes an atrium, a recording studio, practice rooms, a renovated auditorium with upgraded sound, lighting and seating, and also the expansion of the performing arts area.
Naming an auditorium seat is a meaningful way for you to show your commitment to the school district's vision for the future while also providing a permanent way to leave your legacy or honor a loved one. It is a lasting way to pay tribute to the role that West Side’s performing arts program played in the life of you and your family.