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Catholic High exceeds capital campaign goal, raises $4.4 million

The Catholic High School of Baltimore in Northeast Baltimore set a $4 million goal for its 80th anniversary capital campaign, “Lighting the Way – Empowering Women – Transforming the World.”

The capital campaign launched right before the COVID-19 pandemic, in an attempt to secure “another 80-plus years” of high-quality education for young women.  

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the school exceeded its fundraising goal, raising $4.4 million, according to a recent news release. The figure is the most-ever raised in the all-girls school’s history.

Dr. Barbara Nazelrod, president of The Catholic High School of Baltimore, inaugurates a series of construction projects sponsored by the school’s 80th anniversary capital campaign. (Courtesy Catholic High)

The raised funds enabled a renovation and beautification of the Franciscan school’s western campus.

The funds also helped the school develop a new sports medicine concentration and build a clinical simulation lab. Two new concentrations in the visual and performing arts program were also added with the introduction of Catholic High’s new dance company and one of the only all-girls high school marching bands in the nation.

The capital campaign will also fund the future building of a fitness center for students, faculty and teams to work out and at the same time serve as a new team visitation center, a space for sports teams during half-time of games. In addition, the campaign enabled the endowment for scholarships and tuition assistance to grow by 20 percent and its annual fund by 25 percent.

With an average of 300 current students, the school expects 100 incoming freshman students for fall 2022.

The school’s biggest attractions include its STEM programs, particularly mathematics, engineering and biomedicine.

“The campaign’s success was a resounding affirmation of the school’s value to the community and to the students,” the school said in the news release, “who come from over 70 ZIP codes throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region each day to ‘the little school that could.’” 

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