Bishop Lynch Catholic High School (BL) has found a way to use some of the school’s old buildings scheduled for demolition to assist police with training. The school’s innovative partnership with the Dallas Police Department provides a training ground for DPD SWAT and at the same time builds excitement about Phase 2 of the school’s $22 million expansion project.
The SWAT school safety training will be conducted June 5-8 after BL students have left campus for the summer. Officers say it will be an extremely valuable experience to train in a real school facility. While the exercises will be closed to the public, the DPD and the school invite media crews to cover the SWAT training demonstration on Friday June 7, 10-11 am. at 9750 Ferguson Road, 75228.
Through another partnership with Dallas Contemporary’s nationally recognized Art Think program, graffiti artist Arturo Donjuan worked with BL students to paint a two-story mural across the outside of the current art building to further draw attention to the demolition and improvement plan. The art project is visible until June 8. Students used the opportunity to demonstrate school pride with images of the school’s Friar Mascot and motto “Veritas.” In addition they painted a tribute to one of their own, a classmate battling cancer, with messages of encouragement.
BL President Ed Leyden says the partnerships and what they bring are good for everyone, “We promote community service and leadership for our students, and as an educational institution in East Dallas, we’re proud to have the opportunity to use our facilities for service to others and to promote visibility in our local neighborhood.”
Dallas SWAT will return to perform a final demonstration when the BL Community gathers on Saturday, June 8th at 6 pm to celebrate the demolition and launch of the construction project with a highly-visual community celebration that will include Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, President Leyden, Principal Evelyn Grubbs, BL students, parents and leaders from the East Dallas region.
The demolition will make way for construction of a new Student Complex for Arts & Athletics, the largest construction project in the school’s history. The two-story design includes 45,000+ square feet of new construction; a 1,500-seat Performance Gym and the school’s first, new building dedicated to Band, Dance and Visual Arts classrooms. The Student Complex has the potential to anchor the campus, encourage continued program development and promote community visibility in East Dallas.
Media - For More Information, Please Contact: Annette Gonzales Taylor Director of the Office of Communications for the Diocese of Dallas 214-379-2873 (office) 972-375-4596 (cell)