SOUTH BEND — The classes have ended, the students have said their goodbyes, and boxes upon boxes of books and supplies are ready to make the trip from St. Joseph’s High School to the new school near downtown.
So what will happen to the old school?
In a sense, nothing.
St. Joseph’s High School, and some of the land that sits around it, has been sold to Notre Dame, said university spokesman Dennis Brown.
The plan, at least for the foreseeable future, Brown said, is to use the school at the corner of Michigan and Angela as “swing space” for the university.
“That means, if a department has renovation being done on campus, they could be moved there while the work is done,” Brown said.
Brown said there are no plans to knock the building down or do major renovations to the building, which opened in 1953. He said the building should easily adapt to holding temporary offices, and shouldn’t require major renovations.
But while the university will always have a need for temporary office space, Brown said it’s not known if St. Joseph’s will remain a “swing space” location permanently.
“There really is no long-term plans at this point,” Brown said. “It’s still being evaluated.”
But not all of the school’s current property will end up belonging to Notre Dame.
About 16 acres of the school property, the current site of athletic fields and some parking, has been sold to Holy Cross, which sold the land to the school in the late 1990s.