Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gone Five Years But Never Forgotten


It's coming up on 5 years since The Northeast Catholic High School For Boys closed it's doors.  As such, we thought it would be appropriate to include a post from the now defunct Falcon's Nest Blog from 2010, which was written by Mike Ferris '82 and Tom Crossett '75.  This is being reposted here with their permission, as well as the permission of the entire former staff at The Falcon's Nest.

Note:  Although the basis for this article is true, some of the predictions about the future may not have played out exactly how it was speculated back in 2010.

As posted on TheFalconNest.com on April 27, 2010.....



Posted by Mike Ferris on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

By Mike Ferris, class of 1982
Also contributing to this column was Tom Crossett, class of 1975

A funny thing happened on the way to transitioning North Catholic into a Cristo Rey network school. You see, the feasibility study was going along just fine. The archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Education (OCE) had orally given its blessing (remember this!), businesses were lined up, the alumni association was backing the plan, an existing student base was in place, money was being raised, and many people were on board for this new venture. The only two things that needed to be done were to secure a building, and have a religious order take “ownership” of the building and school. The former is a requirement of any school, but the latter is a requirement of the Cristo Rey board. While Cristo Rey is a Jesuit application, the Jesuits were open to any order to lend a hand. The final pieces to this puzzle seemed like slam dunks, right? Not so fast.