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Chiala Family spearheading volunteer efforts to build Catholic High School.

21st Century High School could open Fall 2017.

San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas A. Daly is leading the development project of a new diocesan high school in south Santa Clara County. South County Catholic High School, still in the planning phases, will be located on a 40-acre site located at Tennant Avenue and Murphy Avenue in Morgan Hill, CA near Hwy 101. When asked about the project, Bishop Daly told the Valley Catholic: “We plan to build a 21st Century Catholic college prep designed for innovative leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to develop well-rounded students who are educated in the rich tradition of Catholic educational excellence.”

Susan Krajewski, Campaign Coordinator for the project, said: “The campaign has been driven by volunteers. George Chiala, a local businessman, has been spearheading the effort along with a tireless group of people.”

As southern Santa Clara County continues to grow, the need is widespread. When asked about the need for this high school that would directly serve Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister and south San Jose, Chiala said: “There are over 400 high school students leaving the south county region to attend non–public high schools,” Chiala said. “There are also many families in the south county area that would like a Catholic high school education for their family but decide against it because of demands of the commute.” 

The master development plan for South County Catholic High School is broken out into multiple phases. The first phase, estimated to cost $30 million (which includes a $1 million endowment for tuition assistance), includes all off-site work, a student building, administration wing, multipurpose building and parking lot to accommodate 600 students. Subsequent phases will be built as demand and finances dictate. The goal of the current campaign is to meet a fall of 2017 school opening.

Learn more: www.southcountycatholichighschool.com