CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Ground was broken Saturday on the future Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township.

The new school will replace the current high school in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood.

When finished, the $71 million project will be a new school for about 1,000 students.

There is much excitement surrounding the beginning of construction.

“This is something that we have been looking forward to for a number of years,” said Dr. Robert Paserba, the superintendent for schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. “I think all of us who have grown up in this area, who participated in any of our Catholic schools, had hoped that at some point we’d have a Catholic school in the area.”

The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2014.

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