The majority of students at the school are expected to qualify for tuition assistance.
Monday marked a very special first day of school for students at Mother Mary Lange Catholic school near downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The new school was the first Catholic school built in 60 years in a city that was once known as the capital of Catholicism in the United States.
The school is named after Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, a Haitian American who in 1828 founded a Catholic school for Black children at a time when there was no public education for Black people in the slave state of Maryland. She went on to co-found the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore, a religious order dedicated to the education of Black children.
Located at the former site of crime-plagued public housing project, the 65,000-square-foot school has a projected enrollment of 520 students in grades pre-kindergarten…