Durham Catholic school board to replace Paul Dwyer High School in Oshawa by 2024

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Published October 20, 2021 at 9:33 am

In three years time students at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa will have to hike to the other end of the city to go to school.

The good news is they will be hiking to a brand-new school with all the bells and whistles after the Durham Catholic District School Board and the Ministry of Education gave its stamp of approval to build a new school to replace Dwyer, which was built nearly 70 years ago.

The new school will be located at Harmony Road and Greenhill Drive in Oshawa’s fast-growing north-east – a little bit north and a whole lot east from Dwyer’s current location at Stevenson and Rossland roads in the north-west corner of the city.

Capital funding of $29.4 million has been approved to build the school, which will house 1,061 students, give or take. Enrollment at Dwyer currently is 981.

The main parcel of land has been purchased from Metro Ontario Inc. and the board is working on acquiring two other properties – both residential – to complete the sale.

An architect should be in place this fall, with designs complete by next spring and the board hopes to see shovels in the ground by the fall of 2022.

Catholic Board Director Tracy Barill said in a report from April that a timeline for opening the new school is “challenging to predict based on the many moving parts” but the goal is to be open in September 2024.

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