Baltimore, Md., Oct 24, 2019 / 15:01 pm
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and other leaders from the city broke ground on October 23 for the first new Catholic school in the city of Baltimore in nearly 60 years.
Mother Mary Lange School is set to open in 2021. It will teach about 520 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth. The school is located in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Poppleton.
The school is located near a part of the city facing high levels of crime and poverty, which was home to riots after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.
Lori said that his experience in the area at the time made him realize that the residents of that neighborhood had "had enough of the status quo, of being marginalized, of being cast aside, of being expected to settle for what was presumed to be a life predetermined by others, by circumstances outside of their control."