Backers of Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby said Thursday they had raised more than $500,000 to prove to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the school had enough support to remain open.
"That's $500,000, not in pledges, but in cash," the Rev. James Olson, school president, said.
About 150 students, parents, and alumni had come to the school for an announcement that Bonner-Prendergast planned on Monday to appeal the archdiocese's intention to close the school. Olson said supporters hoped to raise another $500,000 by Monday.