A new Catholic High School could open in Baldwin County as early as 2017. For several years McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in midtown Mobile has been the only Catholic high school in the two-county area. However, McGill-Toolen has reached its full capacity and only a small percentage of it is made up of Baldwin County residents. The new school is designed for 400 students but has plans for expansion reaching 1,200. It is expected that as soon as enrollment becomes available, at least, 250 to 400 students will do so.
Although the new school has yet to be named, it does has a definite location. This $9.5 million Catholic High School will be on Dick Higbee Road in Fairhope. That’s near the intersection of Alabama 181 and 104. The school is set to only educate ninth and tenth graders at immediate opening with an additional grade added every two years after that. That’s good news for todays fifth and sixth graders in Baldwin County who wish to attend the new school. Already, $5.5 million has been raised toward the building of the new school. With these funds, a lobby, the gym, administrative offices, a cafeteria, classrooms on both the first and second floors, and a media room have been planned to take place until further expansion is available. Until then, student will use Fairhope facilities for special events.
Both McGill-Toolen and the new school will support each other and give both parents and students the opportunity to stay focused on the “Catholic Education”. More and more parents want the benefit of a Catholic education for their children so its exciting to have a Baldwin County Catholic High School in the making!