San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly is spearheading an effort to create a new diocesan high school in south Santa Clara County. He is working with a committee of the Diocese of San Jose which is planning fundraising, building and governance of the high school aimed at opening in 2017.
Bishop Daly said, “We plan to build a 21st Century Catholic college prep designed for innovative leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to develop well-rounded students who are educated in the rich tradition of Catholic educational excellence. “The learning environment of this new school will strengthen and further spiritual, intellectual and social development of our young people. Widespread benefits from this endeavor will be felt for generations,” he said. Bishop Daly has a background in Catholic education having been a former teacher and past President of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Marin County….
The diocese of San Jose has purchased a 40-acre site located at Tennant Ave. and Murphy Ave. in Morgan Hill, near Hwy 101. The first phase of the school will accommodate 600 students and is estimated to cost $30 million, Krajewski said, adding that some $5 million had been pledged. Some of the initial funding is providing an Environmental Impact Report which is currently being undertaken by the City of Morgan Hill, the results of which take approximately 18 months, she said. Krajewski said, “The campaign has been driven by volunteers. George Chiala, a local businessman, has been spearheading the effort along with a tireless group of people.” “There are over 400 high school students leaving the south county region to attend non–public high schools,” Chiala said….
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