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Then & Now: Christ the King Catholic School, 1949 and 2013

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2013 at 05:26 PM

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Christ the King Catholic School was built in 1949 as an extension of Christ the King Catholic Church at 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway.

It took two years to raise the money to build the school, which initially was run by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. At first the school taught first and second grades and a combined third- and fourth-grade class. Now the school teaches about 500 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The school grew so quickly in its first 10 years that two wings and a cafeteria were added by 1958.

In June 2012, the school tore down the original classroom buildings to make room for a new $5 million, 43,000-square-foot classroom building that opened in January. The new building serves all of the school's students, as well as the church's nearly 600 Sunday school students.

It made more sense to build a new classroom wing rather than repair the older structures, school officials said at the time.

Elizabeth Behrman

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