I’m really relieved to hear that Hallahan is ok, but it’s still a shame that all these schools have to close. It makes me so angry because two years ago a new school in the suburbs was open, Pope John Paul II, which cost $7.7 million to build. Mind you, Hallahan is 100 years old and has remained in the same shit hole of a building. It’s not falling apart or anything, but God knows they could use some money. Or maybe they could make scholarship funds for the inner city schools with all that money so the people who want to go but can’t afford it can go.
I know that there are bigger communities in the suburbs now because the demographic has shifted, and I know there are plenty of great public schools to attend too. But it’s really sad that some juniors will have to start all over at a strange new school for senior year. It’s frustrating that the Archdiocese throws all of their money outside of the city for fancy schools in a rich community instead of helping the community in Philadelphia. It all comes back to the new schools in the ‘burbs will earn them more money, and the kids in West Philly (most of whom aren’t even catholic but still chose to go there) have nowhere to go.
It’s a damn shame.