– Allison Goldsberry
Malden Catholic High School will once again offer education for girls, according to information posted on MC’s social media and published reports.
The school is currently seeking a principal for its soon-to-come “girls division.” MC hopes to have the principal in place by July and plans on bringing in female students in the fall of 2018, according to a job description.
“Malden Catholic High School (MC) is seeking an innovative and energetic leader and team member to help write the next chapter in the school’s history, as we harken back to our roots and open Malden Catholic Girls’ Division,” said the job description. “With research and data supporting the desire for an all-girls education option in the community and surrounding areas, we are committed to this complement to our already well established Boys’ Division. MC’s major donors, alumni, and the current administration and faculty are engaged and in full support of this expansion to the school’s mission.”
MC said the girls division would be “single-gender education” but the school has yet to confirm if the girls would share the same building as the boys.
Headmaster Thomas Doherty told Wicked Local Malden there is some open space in the current building where members of the Xaverian Brothers — a religious institute that sponsors Malden Catholic — used to live. The job description says MC recently raised $20 million and is planning a $7.5 million renovation for the new girls division.
MC operated a sister school, Girls Catholic, for almost sixty years. The school closed during the 1990s.
In an email to alumni, Doherty said “no decision has been finalized” and “part of the discernment process is to look for a highly qualified educator to serve as Principal.”
“I have heard from so many people who are eager to get a girls’ division open,” said Doherty. “I realize that for many parents this is a chance to provide their daughters an opportunity much like the one they or their sons had at MC. Given the weight of this decision, it is important that we make it carefully. I thank you for your patience as we continue the process.”