LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) - With 100 shovels in hands, the Little Rock School District (LRSD) and supporters broke ground for a new high school in southwest Little Rock Monday – the first high school built in LRSD in nearly 50 years.
The $90 million state-of-the-art high school campus, located at 9715 Mabelvale Pike, will encompass 400,000 square feet of academic and athletic space and is slated to open in the fall of 2020 to combined student populations from JA Fair and McClellan high schools.
Featuring large classrooms, shared collaboration spaces, simulation labs, virtual classroom technology and maker spaces, the school will strive to prepare students for the global stage through project-based learning and unique academic approaches. The high school will accommodate 2,250 students, 9-12th grades.
In addition to an advanced 21st century learning environment, the new high school will feature visual and performing arts, along with a 1,200 seat auditorium, and comprehensive athletic facilities to support the student-athlete - that include an arena-sized gym, a combined football and soccer field, track and field facilities, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts, to name a few.
Students, staff, administrators, and community members have shared input about every aspect of the building, from class offerings to the exterior and interior design, to green/purple school colors and the school mascot – the Gryphon, a mythological creature that combines the body of a lion with the head of an eagle. The name of the school is yet to be determined; however, the community will have an opportunity to participate in that process as well.
"This day has been a long time coming for the students of J.A. Fair and McClellan," said Superintendent Mike Poore. "We couldn’t be happier for the entire southwest community- that we can now deliver on the promise to build the new high school, providing academic programming and facilities that support a quality education for all students.”
The public will have an opportunity to follow the progress of the school on social media, using the hashtag #FollowtheGryphons. The principal design team for the project is Polk Stanley Wilcox; the lead construction team is Nabholz, assisted by Doyne and Carson Construction teams.
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