First Catholic high school opens Wednesday in Baldwin County
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A brand new Catholic high school for Baldwin County is finally a reality. Wednesday is the first day ever for Saint Michael Catholic High School, located in Fairhope off County Road 104.
They're starting small with 100 students. For a lot of families this is more than a school, it's a dream come true.
The concept is now reality and if there's anyone who knows it's Archbishop Thomas Rodi, who we found touring the new high school with a group of seminarians a day before students will be allowed in.
"The dream of this high school goes back at least until the 1970's. People, Catholic and those who are not Catholic, have wanted the high school for a long time. So now it's a reality. You know about 25 percent of the students here are not going to be Catholic," said Rodi.
The start for this high school will include a freshman class of 65 and a sophomore class of 35.
"You can kind of build a culture from the young kids on up so by the time they are juniors and seniors they are fully enculturated on what you are trying to do," said school Principal Faustin Weber.
What they are trying to do is build on that foundation, eventually holding classes for up to 400 students three years from now. So this is only the beginning.
"But we want more facilities as time goes on. We are looking forward to building a chapel and athletic fields and a stadium, so we have dreams for the future," said Rodi.
When it comes to sports the school will have only JV teams this year. The plan is to grow into 3A or 4A varsity programs down the road. All dreams for the future.