MANCHESTER – East Catholic High School has announced a multimillion-dollar capital campaign to support multiple construction projects that include a state-of-the art math, science and technology wing along with other renovations and enhancements. The school expects to break ground on the new space in late spring.
Jay Hartling, principal and chief administrator, said the new wing will offer multipurpose science and math space that will foster the cohesive teaching of such cutting-edge classes as forensics and engineering in a 21st-century environment. The new wing will be erected on the southwest side of the main building and will allow for increased classroom, science lab and computer lab space.
The first phase will also allow the school to reconfigure other areas of the main campus, offering a new wing dedicated to the school’s award-winning fine arts program. Students at East Catholic participate in seven instrumental groups and seven choral groups along with an active theater program. Over the past several years, East Catholic has also continued to increase visual arts courses and opportunities for students.
Additional phases of the “Soaring to New Heights Campaign” include an investment in a new multi-use synthetic athletic field and track. East Catholic has a rich athletic history; it has earned 52 state championships in its 53-year history. Currently, 85 percent of students at East Catholic are involved in athletic programs at the school.
The campaign will also bolster East Catholic’s growing endowment in order to maintain the school’s legacy of offering an affordable Catholic education. Each year, the school provides over $1 million in tuition assistance to families in need.
East Catholic High School educates nearly 700 students from more than 40 communities in the region. The entrance exam for prospective students will be administered at 8 a.m. Nov. 15 at the school. Advance registration is not necessary.