Announcement of Pope Francis High School site expected Friday

Possibilities are former Cathedral H.S. site in Springfield, or property off Memorial Dr. in Chicopee

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will announce this week the location of the new regional Catholic high school for the Springfield area. The school, which will be named Pope Francis High School, will incorporate students from the existing Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic High Schools.

Earlier this month, the Diocese announced that they have settled on two possible locations for Pope Francis High; one at the former site of Cathedral High School on Surrey Road in Springfield, and another on land owned by St. Stanislaus Parish off Memorial Drive in Chicopee.

Mark Dupont, spokesperson for the Diocese, confirmed for 22News that the announcement would be at 11:30 on Friday morning, but he said that he had no knowledge of which site the bishop has chosen.

The former Cathedral High School in Springfield was destroyed in the June 1, 2011 tornado, and has not been rebuilt, despite support from Springfield elected officials and a grassroots effort by Cathedral students and alumni. Since the tornado, Cathedral students have been attending classes at the Memorial School building in Wilbraham.

Holyoke Catholic moved out of its namesake city in the early 2000s, and after a brief move to Granby, is now located on Springfield Street in downtown Chicopee.

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