The Cardinal Gibbons School—one of Baltimore's oldest and most storied Catholic high schools—announced about an hour ago via its Facebook page that it will close its doors at the end of the current academic year. The move comes as the Archdiocese of Baltimore rolls out its plan to consolidate the city's Catholic schools progams, which has suffered in recent years from dwindling enrollment and contributions.
The school, opened in 1962, occupies the same space as St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, which dated back to 1886 and counted George Herman "Babe" Ruth among its alumni. The field where Ruth played high school baseball is used by Cardinal Gibbons athletes today. The school counts several other prominent players among its alumni, including 1970s NFL star Jean Fugett and NBA players Quintin Dalley and Norman Black.