WINSTON, Ore. -- Demolition began Tuesday at Douglas High School as part of a year-long project to rebuild most of the school.
In May 2019, voters in the Winston-Dillard School District passed a $16 million bond to help play for the project. School officials said they will be adding at least 10 new classrooms and a brand-new gym.
They also said they will be preserving a few of the old buildings and renovating them to match the new ones.
Principal Craig Anderson said watching the old building go down was a bittersweet feeling. He said he graduated from Douglas High School in 1990 and his father was a teacher at the school for more than 30 years.
“We are building for the future now,” said Anderson. “I think the future is going to be very bright for our community.”
Anderson said the building being demolished in the initial phase of their plans hasn’t had a major renovation since it was built in the 1950s. He said the building had been falling apart.
However, he said he’s excited for future students to enjoy the space.
“Hopefully we will attract more people coming in,” said Anderson. “It will give us a boost to our graduation rates, get people excited about education again.”
School board chair Lorna Quimby said this project wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support.
“Some people are nostalgic over the fact that it is coming down, but others look at the overall picture that ‘wow, we’re going to have a new facility,'” said Quimby.
The project is expected to finish up by the end of next year.