After three years of construction and a $24 million price tag - renovations at Hopewell High School are finished.
The first noticeable difference is the facade - it's all brand new. When you step into Hopewell High many of the changes are obvious. There's now a lobby.
"This is an addition before you'd walk right into the school. Now, you have this area where you have some separation," said Principal Dr. Rodney Berry.
Berry points out the newly painted walls, refurbished and new lockers, as well as, safety doors.
"We have new fire doors. Before we had gates which were unsafe," Berry explained.
All 40 bathrooms inside the school got a face lift.
Many classrooms have new floors, ceilings, and energy efficient lighting.
"The building was old built in the 60's. We needed to get up to date with code," Berry added.
There are changes you can't see, including a new heating ventilation and air conditioning system.
The renovation project increases student capacity from 1100 to about 1500.
"The students feel like we're supporting them and in return they're taking ownership of the school," said Berry.
There's also a new wing for easier access to the gymnasium during games.
"They used to come in another area that was tiny, small and cramped," Berry explained.
For the first time the school has an elevator.
"We have disabled students. It was important to include the elevator so they can get to the second floor," Berry added.
The three year construction project took longer than expected but Berry says it was worth the wait.
The high school is looking to secure additional funds to upgrade its stadium, track, and to construct tennis courts.
Hopewell High School will host an open house of the newly renovated school. It will take place on Sunday, September 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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