GREAT FALLS — On Wednesday, Great Falls High School hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school's new addition.
This was a nearly $40-million dollar project approved by voters in 2016.
School administrators say this project provides students with state of the art classrooms and an advanced education.
It includes 21st century electrical systems, wood fabrication, and small engine and vehicle training.
A press release from GFPS states:
The original building was opened in 1930 with the first graduating class in 1931. Next year will be the 90th year of Great Falls High School. The opportunities in 1930 are not much different than the opportunities given to our students today. The community of Great Falls continues to recognize the importance of giving all students skills they need to navigate their future. This project provides our kids with 21st Century classrooms that even many colleges do not have. We have been very blessed, and we could not be more thankful to all the people who came together to make this our future brighter.
The new addition / classrooms at Great Falls High School include:
- Applied Physics
- Electronics and 21st century electrical systems
- Woods and wood fabrication job skills
- Metals fabrication and job skills
- Culinary Arts and associated job skills
- Small engines
- Auto shop engines and vehicle training
- (Many of the above are dual credit and have certification possibilities)
- Mental health and counseling department
(JULY 18, 2019) Hard hats and hard work are all around Great Falls High School this summer. With multiple projects underway and a completion goal of October, there’s much to be done on campus. Modern classrooms for physics, family and consumer science, woodshop, and autoshop are just some of the sites students can expect to see come second quarter of the upcoming school year.
Other features include a full barista bar where students can enjoy a cup of joe or learn the craft of coffee-making, a two-story cafeteria with plenty of room for students to eat lunch or chat with classmates, and a larger senior parking lot with a drop-off zone to ensure students can get in and out of campus safely.
Associate Principal Paul Culbertson has witnessed every stage of construction and is looking forward to the final product.
“It’s really exciting. You know, taking some things from the thought process to actually seeing how it’s been implemented. And how truly this is going to be a great thing for the community and a great thing for Great Falls High School. It’s exciting to see,” Culbertson said.
Although the renovated regions of campus will certainly look different from its older counterpart, the architecture of the new building mimics the original style. The signature red brick design is featured both inside and outside of the new building, filling the cracks between the old and new.
The new-and-improved Great Falls High School should be finished by October or November. However, a few features will be ready for the first day of school, including the senior parking lot and bright, new windows.