LEBANON, Tenn. - Crews are putting the finishing touches on the new Lebanon High School. The nearly $50 million state-of-the-art facility was built to relieve years of overcrowding.
While a lot is changing for students and staff at Lebanon High School, some things are still the same.
"Spirit, pride and tradition is their three words that they use as a motto," Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall said. "They're still the Lebanon High School Blue Devils. They haven't changed that."
A stone's throw away from what's now the old Lebanon High School, the new building is a departure from what students and staff are used to.
"The CTE portion of their program was in a separate building that was probably two or three football fields from the existing building," Hall explained. "Now they're all under one roof so they don't have to go outside anymore. Everything is in one location."
In the 60-year-old building 1,700 students had been crammed into a space where rust and mold are evidence of a move long overdue.
"The cafeteria is probably twice as large compared to what they have right now," Hall said of the new building. "The gym is 25 percent bigger than what they have right now."
The new state-of-the art facility boasts 100 more classrooms, three stories and much wider hallways.
"We're excited about giving them an opportunity to have a better facility and it's going to be good for the community," said Hall.
Administrators expect the new high school will spur more business in the area. Originally the old Lebanon High school was going to become a middle school. Now the school board is putting those plans on hold and will determine the use of the building next year.
On July 15, the community can take their own tour of the school as the district officially celebrates the opening of the new building. School starts, on August 1.