Better Together on Cherry Street

Mercy Health and Central Catholic High School announce partnership and $1.2 million investment

In keeping with the commitment to aid in the redevelopment of the Cherry Street corridor, Mercy Health and Central Catholic High School announced Tuesday the formation of a partnership and the investment of $1.2 million on the school’s campus.

Bob Baxter, president and CEO of Mercy Health – Toledo and Central Catholic Board Chairman Dominic Spinazze announced the forming of a partnership between the two organizations and the commitment to fund:

  • Updating the Gallagher Stadium with new turf and replacing the track
  • Replacing the current elevator from 1928 with a new state-of-the-art elevator to better accommodate student needs

“With Mercy Health’s 163-year history and the nearly 100 years that Central Catholic High School has been in existence, we have collectively served as solid anchors of this community and the Cherry Street corridor,” Mr. Baxter said. “These rich histories brought us together to partner on this project and in doing so, enabled us to show our commitment and support of our community.”

The investment in the Cherry Street corridor does not end there. Commitments from not only Mercy Health and Central Catholic but also from LISC has meant that approximately $6 million has been identified to provide economic and housing opportunities for the neighborhood as well as improving the aesthetics along Cherry Street. Additional projects will be announced as they are confirmed.


“Central Catholic High School is committed to our student’s environment, academic and success. This partnership will allow us to achieve all three of those goals,” said Mr. Spinazze. “Central Catholic is proud to be part of the Cherry Street corridor project and a partner with Mercy Health. We look forward to continued avenues to work within our partnership.”

Work to update the school’s Gallagher Stadium, which includes the turf and track will begin soon and is anticipated to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year. Students and coaches are looking forward to performing on the improved facilities. A location for the new elevator has been identified and work will begin as soon as possible.

Catholic Central students, faculty, staff and alumni were on hand to hear the announcement as were members of Mercy Health’s leadership and the mascot’s for the two institutions – Central Catholic’s Lucky the Leprechaun and HUGS the Hippo from Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital.