Hope remains that Cathedral High School will be rebuilt

Students have been commuting to a temporary site in Wilbraham

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Diocese of Springfield will announce next month, what will happen to the tornado-damaged Cathedral High School.

“I experienced more than just intellectual growth; it was emotional growth, spiritual growth. I met a lot of great friends, and that’s really important to us,” said Hannah Nguyen, a senior at Cathedral High School.

Before current Cathedral High School seniors could start their freshmen year, the June 1st tornado destroyed the school. They’ve been commuting to a temporary site in Wilbraham, but they hope some day Cathedral will be back on Surrey Road.

Nguyen said, “We would have the resources that we could’ve had, should’ve had.”

Hundreds of people packed St. Anthony’s Hall Thursday night to urge Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to rebuild Cathedral. The Diocese of Springfield has concerns about the school’s declining enrollment.

However, Cathedral supporters told 22News other Catholic schools like Xavier High School in Connecticut is thriving with more than 700 students; and they believe Cathedral can grow.

According to Al Dilascia of the Committee for Cathedral Action, “They go to feed schools. They go to churches. They go out there and put themselves out. Of course you have to pay for marketing, but you get a return on that, that’s just a business decision.”

Cathedral right now has only about 200 students enrolled. The Recent endowment fund campaign has raised $2.7 million bringing the fund’s total to $3.4 million. Also, the Committee for Cathedral Action raised $8,286.

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