GLEN CARBON, IL (KTVI) – A new high school where service, culture and life are coming together near Bouse and Old Troy Road in Glen Carbon, Illinois . That's the mantra of the modern-day Catholic high school which had its dedication Sunday.
'We`re the only Catholic high school in America, to my knowledge that is named after Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus,' says Mike Scholz, Principal.
An ever-expanding Metro East contributing the $5.1 million from ten parishes to bring the school to this new location.
'It's the first time in 60 plus years the Diocese of Springfield has built a new high school,' says Scholz.
The 126 freshmen through senior Griffins are getting used to their new facility after spending the past four years in the cafeteria in St. John Neumann Elementary school in Collinsville.
Nary a book do these students carry, except for a Bible in this high-tech high school where each student is given a laptop.
'So you have to make it relevant to the students but also stay truthful to the message and teachings that are centuries old,' says Jason Schreder, Faith Formation Director. 'So with technology there's so many different ways and I think that's one thing the church is doing right now, embracing media technology.'
'We have soccer, we have basketball, cross-country cheerleading and we're only in our fourth year,' says Scholz.
And one state champion junior Ethan Jones who is a one-man team and took home this high school's first trophy.
“To me, I was just out fishing and I had fun and I was able to do well. And to me it was pretty good because it gave a lot of representation to our school,” Jones said.
It seems apropos that a school that teaches future minds how to be fishers of men would have a fisherman to help spread the word about the new Catholic high school in Glen Carbon, Illinois.