TCCES breaks ground for new school, announces name change

By The Compass | June 4, 2014

NEENAH/MENASHA — During a groundbreaking ceremony for a new middle school May 27, Twin City Catholic Educational System (TCCES), the Catholic school system with five schools located in the communities of Neenah and Menasha, announced new system and school names.

Bishop David Ricken prepares to operate a bulldozer during a  groundbreaking ceremony for St. Mary Catholic Middle School in Neenah/Menasha May 27 on the grounds of St. Mary Central High School. The new school is slated to open in the fall of 2015. (Jeannette Merten | for The Compass)
Bishop David Ricken prepares to operate a bulldozer during a groundbreaking ceremony for St. Mary Catholic Middle School in Neenah/Menasha May 27 on the grounds of St. Mary Central High School. The new school is slated to open in the fall of 2015. (Jeannette Merten | for The Compass)

The school system will adopt the name — St. Mary Catholic Schools — fully effective July 1, 2015.

Construction of the new middle school facility, which will be located on the grounds of St. Mary Central High School, will begin this summer with the school slated to be open for the 2015-16 school year. According to a press release, the new building will be a “state-of-the-art facility with 21st-century learning design including collaborative workspaces and an outdoor classroom.”

Along with the system name, the names of the high and middle school will be changed.

St. Mary Central High School will become St. Mary Catholic High School and Seton Middle School will become St. Mary Catholic Middle School. The name changes will be effective with the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The names of the three elementary schools will not change. They will be referred to as:

  • SMC Elementary – St. Gabriel Campus.
  • SMC Elementary – St. Margaret Mary Campus.
  • SMC Elementary – St. Mary Campus.

In addition, all sports and activities teams will be known as Zephyrs, retaining the colors and logos currently used by St. Mary Central High School.

“The name St. Mary has been associated with Catholic education in the Neenah/Menasha area since 1928, when St. Mary High School was founded,” said Pat Batey, president of the TCCES system and principal of St. Mary Central High School. “These changes will provide a more consistent identity for our system.”

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