Mother Mary Lange Catholic School Opens in Poppleton

| August 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Today, The Archdiocese of Baltimore welcomed its first students at Mother Mary Lange Catholic School at 200 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Poppleton. This $24-million, 65,000 sq. ft. Pre-K-8 school broke ground in 2019 and replaced two vacant lots that were once a public school and part of the Lexington Terrace public housing complex. It is surrounded on three sides by The Townes at the Terraces development.

The school’s namesake, Mother Mary Lange, was born in the late 1700s in Cuba and immigrated to Baltimore in 1812, joining many French-speaking Catholics from Haiti. After moving to Fells Point, Mother Lange discovered there were few educational opportunities for African American children in the city. At the time many African American residents were enslaved and free African Americans were denied access to most schools. Along with her friend Marie Balas, Mother Lange opened a school for anyone in her small home.

Mother Lange later opened The Oblate Sisters of Providence which become the first sustained religious order for women of African descent in the United States. Soon after, Mother Lange became a nun.

The Oblate Sisters of Providence eventually became St. Frances Academy, which is the oldest continuously operating school for African American Catholic children in the United States.

Mother Mary Lange Catholic School has:

  • STEM Suite (Science Lab, makerspace and robotics)
  • Digital Media Center (Library and Digital Media Studio)
  • Art and Music rooms
  • Health Suite
  • Regulation size gymnasium with performance stage
  • Chapel
  • Full-service kitchen and dining facility
  • 7 on 7 Soccer/lacrosse field and exercise circuit
  • State of the Art Security Systems

Mother Mary Lange Catholic School will be the new home for students who attended Saints James & John and Holy Angels Catholic Schools. Enrollment is expected to total 520 within its fourth year of operation. It is the first new school built by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in nearly 60 years.

Archbishop William E. Lori said at a ribbon cutting event on August 6th, “It’s beautiful outside; it’s even more beautiful inside. But what’s really going to make this school beautiful is when it’s full of students.”

Holy Angels, which shared its 34.15-acre campus with Seton Keogh, was offered by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in a request for proposals and there is a plan to convert it to a light industrial development.

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