Local high school's $25 million state of the art expansion project underway

The Howard Center for the Arts at Roman Catholic high school is a 40,000-square-foot initiative which boasts an array of state of the art features.

Justin Udo
September 18, 2018 - 5:37 pm
The Howard Center for the Arts at Roman Catholic High School

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia high school completed the first phase of its $25 million transformational expansion project.

The Howard Center for the Arts at Roman Catholic High School is a 40,000-square-foot initiative which boasts an array of state of the art features. 

"There's a C.A.D. lab, computer system design. There is a piano lab. There is a black box theater. There is a new band room, choral room. There's individual practice rooms all for the students to develop performing arts," said school rector Father Joseph Bongard.

During Tuesday's ribbon cutting for the new facility, Bongard made it clear this is not the end of their development.

"The next phase is a STEM center, then a 1,200-seat field house on top of that, then the fourth phase of the 1890 building. This is a great start, and we have a lot of momentum."

Barry Howard, who the arts center is named after, helped contribute a large portion of the money to its development.

"I'm not from Philadelphia. I'm not Catholic, but I'm passionate about urban education," said Howard.

Many of the students who came out to the ribbon cutting say they are happy with the direction their school is going.

In the four-phase plan, organizers hope to provide their students with a innovative, 21st-century education. A new field house and track as well as renovated gymnasium and auditorium are also in the works.  

The entire project is expect to be completed by next year.