Saturday, June 21, 2008
The New Gloucester Catholic?
Note: For the latest on plans for new Gloucester Catholic fields: http://ramscrosscountry.blogspot.com/2011/06/gloucester-catholic-teams-will-soon.html
The Diocese of Camden has plans to build a new 1,200 to 1,500 hundred student high school in Harrison, NJ. The school which could possibly replace the current Gloucester Catholic in Gloucester, NJ would have an athletic complex and a 500-600 space parking lot. The proposed new school would serve the rapidly growing population of Gloucester and Cumberland Counties and would still be only minutes away from Camden County students. There hasn't been a Diocesan high school built in over 40 years ( Paul VI was built in 1965). The Diocese is currently studying the feasibility of the new school and will have a final recommendation early this summer. As part of the study the Diocese has recently met with the State Department of Environmental Protection to discuss sewer capacity for the proposed school after receiving Harrison Township's approval.
The school would be located on Route 77 (pictured above). The proposed school site was formerly the Eachus farm. Ironically, another member of the Eachus family, Brian Eachus was one of the top runners on the Gloucester Catholic Cross Country team a few years ago.
If, as expected the school remains Gloucester Catholic High School, every attempt will be made to keep the things that have made Gloucester Catholic so beloved to its students for over 75 years-- a great tradition, a caring family atmosphere, and loyal alumni, with all the advantages of a new state of the art high school. It is exciting to contemplate the possibility of carrying the spirit and tradition of Gloucester Catholic to a new facility with fields and a home cross country course on the school grounds.