- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

WENHAM, Mass. (AP) - A new Catholic high school for girls is opening on the North Shore this fall.

The Salem News reports that The Academy at Penguin Hall is scheduled to open this September in Wenham on the Penguin Hall estate.

The school bought the 50-acre estate for $10.35 million last month.

The new school will join with Nazareth Academy of Wakefield.

Joseph Luna, co-chairman of the Nazareth Academy board of directors, says there’s a need for girls’ Catholic education on the North Shore, similar to what St. John’s Prep in Danvers provides for boys.

He says 17 girls schools in greater Boston have either closed or converted to co-ed since the 1970s.

Luna says the new school hopes to have 100 students in grades nine to 12 for its first year.

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