The former Mercy Vocational High School, founded in 1950, announced its new name this week with a pep rally at the school located at 2900 West Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia.

The change emphasizes the Sisters of Mercy-led school’s focus on immersive, project-based education to prepare students to start a career in the workforce or continue their education after graduation. The school aims to provide contemporary job options and a non-traditional path to higher education.

Mercy’s new motto of “Forging Futures with Faith and Focus” reflects its faith-based model of empowering students to thrive in the workplace, build vibrant families and positively influence the local Philadelphia community. Also watch a video of the pep rally here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)