New Valdosta High School gets closer to completion

New Valdosta High School gets closer to completion

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - On Wednesday, WALB got a look at the nearly completed new Valdosta High School.

The school is on track to open in the fall of 2018.

It will nearly double the size of the current school.

The walls are up and the new Valdosta High School looks to be almost finished, showing off a rich tradition as the school is filled with Wildcat black and gold.

"I think Altman and Barrett Architects really hit a home run with how they incorporated that desire within the facility. To share those colors and be bold and proud of those colors in a tasteful manner," said Rodney Smith, Parrish Construction Group

Once finished, the new school will span 270,000 square feet on the first level alone.

The school will also boast interactive technology, aimed at getting the students more involved.

"They are expanding their CTAE programs within the school. I know that they are proud to be offering a lot of programs for children that maybe have nontraditional dreams or career paths," Smith said.

When you drive by the new school, you can see construction has come a long way since it started last year.

The only question employees had Wednesday on the tour was when they can start moving in.

"Excitement is in the air, it's exciting to see some of the teachers that will be a part of this facility and the joy in their eyes to see where they will eventually land," said Smith

The school will have smart classrooms and be set up for students to "bring their own technology."

On Wednesday morning, the Parrish Construction Group awarded a scholarship to a recent Valdosta High School graduate.

The $1,000 check was presented to Thomas Eager.

The company was originally only going to award two scholarships this year but employees said Eager impressed them so much that they decided to include a third student.

Eager said this will help him with his civil engineering studies this fall.

"I feel very accomplished. I feel like all of my hard work is finally starting to pay off," explained Eager.

Eager said he plans to attend Valdosta State University and hopefully transfer to the University of Georgia.

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