Gibbons in the News

Since the Archdiocese of Baltimore chose to “consolidate” 13 schools earlier this spring, with Cardinal Gibbons the only high school in the batch, the media storm has been constant. From newspapers articles, both local and national, along with TV coverage and radio spots, Gibbons has taken center stage during this controversial time for the AOB. The following is a collection of media coverage of the school closure.

A Fight to Save the House that Built Ruth (New York Times)

BALTIMORE — The hardscrabble field where George Herman Ruth Jr. learned baseball from a Xaverian brother is now a lovingly landscaped diamond. The little trees that he saw when he looked uphill from the field have grown into tall, graceful oaks. (Read More)

Fight to Save Gibbons Continues (WBAL)

Twins to lose court Gibbons dedicated to their father (Baltimore Sun)

When the Archdiocese of Baltimore announced this month that the Cardinal Gibbons School was closing, students felt as if the rug had been pulled out from under them.

For sophomores Ryan and Michael Flynn, it was more like the floor. (Read More)

Hard choices for Gibbons students (Baltimore Sun)

The Cardinal Gibbons School is due to close in June, but sophomore Brady Fischer can’t see trading Crusaders red for the purple togs of the rival Gaels of nearby Mount St. Joseph High School. His parents, meanwhile, have overruled his proposal to enroll at Archbishop Spalding in Severn, at least partly because, like Gibbons, it’s operated by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and they’re still angry that the archdiocese is shutting Gibbons down.

“I’m not giving them a penny,” Jayne Fischer said. (Read More)

Gibbons supporters say archdiocese won’t listen to plans to keep school open (Baltimore Sun)

Supporters of the Cardinal Gibbons School say the Archdiocese of Baltimore is refusing to hear their plan to keep the school open beyond the end of the academic year.

Alumni have drafted a proposal to take over Cardinal Gibbons, now slated to close in June, and run it as an independent Catholic high school. But at a meeting this week at the Catholic Center, they say, Bishop Denis J. Madden refused to look at it. (Read More)

Gibbons still has hope of going independent (Baltimore Sun)

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is discouraging talk of turning the Cardinal Gibbons School over to supporters to run as an independent school, but the Gibbons community is not giving up hope.

Alumnus Tom Grace said Tuesday that graduates are pursuing several options to save the Southwest Baltimore school, the only high school among the 13 schools the archdiocese is planning to close at the end of the academic year. (Read More)

Parents question Baltimore archdiocese over Catholic school closures (Baltimore Sun)

Facing a sea of red Monday night in the auditorium of the Cardinal Gibbons School, Bishop Denis J. Madden offered a glimmer of hope to students, parents and alumni distraught about plans to shut the high school down at the end of the academic year.

Parent Chris Stark, father of a junior, had asked whether the Archdiocese of Baltimore would consider charging the Cardinal Gibbons community a minimal rent and allowing the Southwest Baltimore landmark to reopen as an independent Catholic school. (Read More)

Gibbons closure draws protest (Baltimore Sun)

Defiance and dejection contended for the upper hand Saturday as parents, students and alumni of Cardinal Gibbons School held an emotional and at times angry rally at the campus to fight the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s plans to close the South Baltimore landmark.

Many hundreds filled almost all the seats in the Catholic boys’ high school’s Coach Mullis Gymnasium. They exhorted members of the “Gibbons family” not to lose hope in what the archdiocese considers a hopeless cause: keeping the doors open amid mounting debts and anemic enrollment. (Read More)

Coverage of rally at Mullis Gymnasium with video from WJZ

Cardinal Gibbons Takes Its Fight To City Council (WJZ)

Supporters of Cardinal Gibbons High School are taking their fight downtown. The Archdiocese is shutting down the school.  Hundreds of parents, students and alumni are fighting to keep it open. (Read More, video included)