COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - The new Collierville High School is one step closer to opening its doors.
Friday the project broke ground at the corner of Sycamore Road and East Shelby Drive.
"I'm excited," Shelby Messlery said. "I can't wait to see the new building."
Messlery graduated from the town's current high school last year. She said the new building was overdue.
"The high school, when I went there last year, was getting really crowded," Messlery said.
That's because right now more than 2,000 students pack themselves into the current school.
The new high school is being constructed on 90 acres of land in the southeast corner of Sycamore Road and East Shelby Drive. The new building is expected to have a capacity of 3,000, according to Superintendent John Aitken.
"The growing population of this town, everybody moving to Collierville in this area, looking for long range, we feel like building this gives us a lot of room for capacity needs in the future," Aitken said.
There is already a plan for the current Collierville High School as well. It will become the town's third middle school.
The cost of the project will be $100 million. The new school is expected to open its doors to students in the Fall of 2018.