Collierville students, parents, faculty excited for first year in new $94M school

Collierville students, parents, faculty excited for first year in new $94M school
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - One week from Monday, students and faculty at Collierville High School will kick off a brand new school year in a brand new building.

The ribbon is officially cut, and Collierville School leaders are ready to welcome students to their new state-of-the-art high school next Monday.

"It's one of the top-rated schools in the country, and this facility just goes along with it," parent Constance Hannah said.

Parents and students alike were in awe as they got a first look at the $94 million facility. It's the largest high school in the state and was designed with the future in mind.

"You see a warm, welcoming, open, bright facility that lends itself to today's kids. Not the dark hall, no windows, prison atmosphere that you seem to see in a lot of facilities," Collierville School District Superintendent John Aitken said.

If you take a walk through the new building you'll see much wider hallways, a 3,000-seat gymnasium, and a new cafeteria that'll seat 1,000 students.

"This is a win for the town of Collierville, it's a win for Shelby County, and for the Mid-South, and for the state of Tennessee," parent Kristofer Roof said.

While parents are raving about the size of the new facility, some freshman like David Hatamosa are hoping they won't get lost.

"I was kind of overwhelmed by everything," he said.

Though it may take a few days for some students to find their bearings in the new building, overall, they're excited about the new technology and ready to hit the books.

Because of the move, school leaders want parents to know orientation is a little different this year. Remember to check Collierville High's website to make sure they have everything they need for the first day of school.

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