Auburn’s new $72 Million High School “Wows” Mayor and Council

February 21, 2017

Auburn City Council members visited the Rabren General Contractors Auburn High School jobsite today. With completion only months away, Board of Education President Tracie West said the system wanted to give the council a peek into what the new school will look like. “It really belongs the everybody…not just our students and staff,” West said. Construction begin on the 350,000-square-foot school in the fall of 2015 and has remained on target for substantial completion at the end of April, 2017. Teachers will begin moving in during the summer, and students will being class in August. The campus has three main buildings, an academic building, a performing arts building and a physical education building.

After the tour, Mayor Bill Ham’s reaction was simply, “Wow.” He noted the openness of the facility, the size of the classrooms, the athletic areas and the career technical programs as highlights of the tour. “The entire community has got to be incredibly proud of this facility. It is state of the art and cutting edge from athletics to academics from one end to the other,” Ham said. “I can’t wait to see it totally complete and furnished. I think it will really blow your mind at that point.” Plans are in the works to have a community event before the school opens this fall, said Superintendent Karen DeLano. “Right now my hope is that we can do it before Memorial Day,” DeLano said, adding that she would like to get the community in to see it before teachers start moving boxes in.