By Nicole Brewer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There were streaming tears, shouts and cheers as the ladies of Saint Hubert’s let out their frustration via Monday morning’s rally on the front steps of their high school.

“Honestly, I think they made a mistake,” said senior Erin Adelsberger.

Fellow senior Morgan McCarthy agrees.

“This is a punishment we don’t deserve.”

Emotions have been running high since Friday when Archbishop Charles Chaput announced that their high school would be one of four shut down, along with 44 elementary schools that will be closed, consolidated or regionalized.

In a press conference held Friday afternoon, Archbishop Chaput defended the Archdiocese’ decision.

“The restructuring proposed in the commission’s report is a critical first step in renewing the health of our Catholic education ministry. And in the long run, that will help all of Philadelphia.”

The decision, which came as a recommendation from the Blue Ribbon Commission, could save the Archdiocese $10 million dollars per year.

But, for Marianne Burpulis, a former student turned parent and teacher, it is a tradition worth holding on to.

“This is one of the saddest days of my life to see this building and this tradition in demise.”

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