“The already massive Central High School is expanding by 45,000 square feet with a new $42 million performing arts center, kickstarted with a $10 million donation by a prominent graduate.

The design for the two-story addition was done by MGA Partners, a local architecture firm. Plans call for the addition to hold a 400-seat theater, a STEM innovation center, a digital media and technology center, and common areas. It will be located on the north lawn, near the corner of Ogontz and Olney Avenues.

More than 40 percent of Central’s 2,370 students participate in performing arts. Groundbreaking is set for January 2019, with completion expected in 2020.

Joseph Field, the lead benefactor and a Central High School 1949 alum (192nd class), began the funding drive with his donation. Additional money raised by the Associated Alumni of Central High School will be matched by Field. Also, the School District kicked in $8 million for site development.” Read more.