Renovations begin to take shape at Camden’s ‘castle on the hill’

David Madden
October 30, 2019 - 1:48 pm

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Workers reached a milestone Wednesday in the construction of Camden High School, after they placed the top girder on what will be the home of four different state-of-the-art facilities.

There was a good deal of consternation in the neighborhood about tearing down the old “castle on the hill.” It took court intervention to get the project started — and some opposition still lingers — but the school is on track for a fall 2021 opening.

Camden City School District Superintendent Katrina McCombs said Camden High is beginning to take shape, and parts of the old building, including its rich history, will be incorporated into the new one.

“We also are making sure that all of the trophies, the memorabilia, all of our state championship teams, everything we worked so hard for, that those items are collected too and will be displayed in a museum-style space in the new facility,” McCombs said.


Even part of the old gym floor will be blended into the new one. Parts of the exterior of the century-old building will be on display in a garden located nearby the new building.

Overall, McCombs promises the new school will serve not only traditional high school students, but those interested in specialty fields like medicine and creative arts. 

In 2016, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority pledged more than $130 million to reconstruct the renowned public high school. The campus will also be home to three other high schools — Brimm Medical Arts, Creative Arts High and Big Picture Learning Academy.

About 1,200 students will fill Camden High’s new halls when it opens.