Catholic high school celebrates new $10 million facility in south Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated a new high school in south Austin Saturday afternoon.

San Juan Diego Catholic High School opened a new $10 million building on South First Street. It is 60,000 square feet and includes a math and science center, gymnasium, library, technology/resource center, fine arts facility and administrative offices.

“We look forward to having the new school,” said SJD President Pamela Jupe. “It means everything to us. Our science lab, our technology resource center — it’s a game changer.”

The school operated for 15 years in a 1950s-era elementary school building and temporary facilities of the campus of San Jose Parish.

The new school will eventually be able to accommodate up to 450 students after it finishes a Phase 2, which will include athletic fields and additional classrooms.

San Juan Diego Catholic High School is named for the Indigenous Mexican who saw the Virgin Mary in December 1531. It is his cloak, or tilma, which bears the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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