Ground was broken on a new Catholic high school in the West Valley during a ceremony on Friday.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was joined by parents and future students of the St. John Paul II Catholic High School in the groundbreaking ceremony that took place near the intersection of Thomas and Litchfield roads in Avondale.

The school is located next to the St. Thomas Aquinas Church and is expected to open in 2018. The decision was made to build the school because of the rising population in the area.

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