On Thursday, January 31, 2013, following the celebration of Catholic Schools Week Mass at Cardinal Gibbons High School (CGHS) in Raleigh, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge blessed the school’s newly constructed, 67,400-square-foot addition, including a new entrance, additional classrooms, athletics and arts facilities. Among those in attendance for the blessing were parents, alumni and benefactors.
The athletic area includes a new auxiliary gymnasium, a new weight room and a new wrestling/cheerleading room. Two new visual arts rooms, darkroom, kiln room, two new music rooms, two soundproofed practice rooms, a new dance studio and a new black box theatre will enhance the school’s fine arts curriculum. Designed to merge seamlessly with the existing building, the expansion also allows for creation of an “academic quad” within the classroom wings and a “campus green” with more defined seating and gathering space.
All features of the $15.5M project, which began in January 2012 with the theme “Building the Vision,” will be available for use by August 2013. The expansion was designed primarily to meet the needs of the current student body. The financial plan for the building project did not include a significant increase in enrollment.
CGHS has been observing National Catholic Schools Week, January 27 to February 2, by sponsoring five days of activities and events that celebrate the people who contribute to the school's success. “The Week is a wonderful opportunity for Cardinal Gibbons High School to celebrate our shared mission and heritage with thousands of Catholic schools across the country. We are especially grateful during this year's celebration to welcome Bishop Burbidge to celebrate Mass and bless our new school building. We are fortunate at Cardinal Gibbons to have the support of so many who have made it possible to live out our mission on a daily basis."
Bishop Burbidge, in his homily at the Mass, echoed Principal Curtis’s gratitude. “I especially thank the CGHS parents for your incredible sacrifices,” the Bishop said, “and convey deep gratitude to the Board of Trustees, alumni and all who support the mission of this school.”
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Above and below: Views of outside of new 67,400 square foot addition to Cardinal Gibbons High School.
Below: Bishop Burbidge blessing inside of new wing of high school.