PHILOMATH, Ore. — Philomath High School students will notice a dramatic change to their surroundings when they head back to class this fall.
For the past year, students at the school have been split across two campuses, but now this year, they’ll get to learn at their brand new high school campus.
It’s almost unrecognizable. For starters, there’s a new two-story classroom wing, a large life skills classroom with its own kitchen, bathroom and washer and dryer, a new gym with three full basketball courts, and the former main gym has been converted into a multipurpose area.
Many of the new rooms can be converted for different uses. The music classroom can be split into two, and an activity room could be used by the dance team or as changing rooms during school plays.
Administrators hope the new school attracts the entire town.
“It’s our learning environment, but it’s also the hub of our community, so we want to invite the community in. That’s why we have a community conference room. That’s why we have activity rooms where groups can come in and do aerobics in here. We have a community pool,” said Philomath HS Principal Ken Ball.
Crews are still working on the final touches, but administrators say it will be ready by the first day of school on September 10.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the grand opening ceremony, and there will also be tours of the school, this Saturday at 11 a.m.