SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The new Pope Francis High School is holding its Groundbreaking ceremony, to mark the beginning of construction.
Over the next few months, crews will start building the new school at the former Cathedral site, on Surrey Road in Springfield.
Cathedral high school was demolished after it was destroyed in the tornado back in 2011, and crews are finally ready to start rebuilding.
The $55-million dollar project will take 2 years of construction, and the school is expected to open for the 2018-2019 school year.
Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic High Schools merged. Originally, the Diocese wasn’t sure whether they’d have a new Catholic high school in Springfield. After months of debate, the two schools merged to create Pope Francis High School.
Pope Francis will be built on Surrey Road where Cathedral High School once stood. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be among the prominent guests that are expected to attend, including U.S Representative Richard Neal.
The school will accommodate 370 students when it opens, working its way up to 400 students in the coming years.
The Groundbreaking ceremony will take Sunday afternoon at 2pm on the corner of Wendover and Surrey Roads in Springfield.