High school breaks ground for science wing

March 10, 1998|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Catonsville High School moved toward the 21st century yesterday, breaking ground for a science and technology wing to the 44-year-old building.

The 70,000-square-foot addition -- scheduled to be completed in July 1999 -- will include laboratories and classrooms as well as a fitness center. The school's outdated media center and library also will be replaced.

The $8 million construction project will add space for the equivalent of 600 extra students at the school. The school's enrollment is about 1,350 students this year, about 200 students above its listed capacity.

"Catonsville High School stands poised to enter the 21st century, with a facility that will meet the needs of the next millennium," said Principal Robert Tomback.

Yesterday's groundbreaking was attended by many of the area's politicians, who received praise for working together to secure state money to help pay for the construction. "It's a team effort," said school board President Dunbar Brooks.

The ceremony recognized the past, present and future of the Catonsville High community, calling on school alumni and current and future students to dig shovels of dirt to mark the beginning of the addition.

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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