LHHS construction not impacting school spirit
By: Lauren Turner | Published: October 28, 2019
This year, Lake Highlands High School has progressed its construction to connect the H building to the L building.
This process began towards the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and is expected to be completed by early 2020, according to the Lake Highlands Advocate. All of the changes that are taking place are expected to make LHHS a better learning environment, but while the outcome may outweigh the challenges, the difficulties this project has brought to the 2019-2020 school year are most definitely present.
“I would say one of the hardest things about having construction going on during the school year is [the] logistics of who needs to be where and when they need to be in those locations, and how we’re gonna get them there,” LHHS Assistant Principal Casey Gray said. “The fact that we have to move students from building to building currently around construction makes it probably the most difficult task for us.”
The addition to the school will not only connect the two buildings of Lake Highlands High School, but also includes a new practice facility for school sports, as well as a renovated library. More spaces will be added or improved on as well, but it’s hard to know exactly what the end results will look like until the project is completed.
“I think it’s going to be neat to see how we can use the space to maximize learning,” Gray said. “There’s gonna be a lot of neat little areas for kids to study and to work on homework… the pass- through is gonna be neat -- it’s gonna be double decker to help with traffic flow. We’re gonna have one cafeteria so all kids can eat in one spot. I think it’s gonna be a neat, new, fun, adventure.”
During this time of change, it’s hard to predict how LHHS will adapt over the next few years. This school has been around for so long, and many aspects that have impacted students in the past as well as in current times will no longer be the same. However, the Lake Highlands community, staff, and student body are strong, and wildcat pride has not faltered.
“The iconic aspects of LH are traditions carried on by the students. The buildings can, and will, change from year to year,” Brody Lyons, a Lake Highlands alumni and current teacher, said. “If they don’t, then that means we’re not updating our facilities and keeping up with the times. I would encourage all of our students to protect the traditions we have and ask some of the old people around them -- that went to LH -- if there are any traditions they haven’t seen in a while.”
While the current situation may not be ideal, the future for LHHS looks bright. Students, staff, and the Lake Highlands community can rest assured that the things that make LH unique will stick around for decades to come, just as they have in the past. The upcoming years have much in store, and as the two buildings merge, so do the students, creating more relationships that truly make Lake Highlands the community that it is.
Or, as Mr. Gray put it, “a one Lake Highlands.”