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Dozens show up for high school dedication

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Not only is it the only high school in Decatur County, but the new Bainbridge high school may also be one of the nicest and largest high schools in southwest Georgia. Today dozens of community members got together to celebrate the dedication of the new school.

10th grader Gabby Howard says coming back to school this year was a little overwhelming. "Everyone was lost, we didn't know where our classes were no it was rough the first day but I think after the 2nd or 3rd day everyone got into it but its still a little tricky now."

Howard is one of 1,700 students who now call a palatial 52 million dollar construction project their new high school.

After anxiously waiting four years, students and faculty finally stepped foot in the building August 7th for the first day of school.

"The other building we did not have enough classrooms for every teacher we had a number of floating teachers we just have so many programs now including programs for our special needs students we did not have the rooms there and we have it here and we are most grateful," said Tommie Howell, Bainbridge High school principal.

"We tried to make sure all of our designs we very academic of course we are in the gymnasium here but our media center is very collegiate looking I think also we have adequate parking, the security is much better media and technology is much better," said Ralph Jones, Superintendent.

The high school sits on 140 acres and has close to 100 classrooms. It includes a number of unique features like a gymnasium that seats 2,500 people and has pictures hanging up in the hallways.

"We also have a picture project where we are hanging photographs from around Decatur county to make this truly a Decatur county school cause we so appreciate the citizens of Decatur county and thank them for supporting this," said Tommie.

The principal says this high school was needed for two main reasons extra space and better security. "Visitors to our campus literally have to go through two screenings one is at the campus gate and the other is at the lobby, we have receptionists that allow visitors to come in if they have an appropriate purpose."

Both students and faculty say they have an overwhelming sense of pride for their new school and are proud to be part of such a historic project in Decatur County.

The school was funded by state grants and a special purpose local option sales tax that was voted on.

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