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Students, Faculty Celebrate Grand Opening of New Longmeadow High

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LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — After two years and $78 million, the new Longmeadow High School opened its doors to students and faculty Tuesday.

The old school has stood since 1955 and today, it was old school meets new school.

High school students in Longmeadow stroll from one era to the next. For the last half century plus, this was where teen minds were nurtured.

Out with old, in with the new. Friday morning, a brand high school officially opened its doors

“We are very excited about today. We’ve had 55 years of tradition and education in the old facility and we are very much looking forward to moving over today,” says Principal Larry Berte.

Built at a cost of $78.4 million dollars, the new home of the Lancers took two years to build. It will house state-of-the-art facilities for all areas of education.

“It’s really nice. A lot better than the old school. We went into the bathrooms. They are extremely clean. The gym looks like a college gym. It’s huge, so all around it’s great,” adds LHS senior Elise Lombard.

Noah Gurzinski, another senior at the school adds, “I think it looks very state of the art. It’s very well designed…very efficient. I think it will be a great place to learn and I think we will be able to enjoy the same educational experience as we did in the old school, only with a newer cleaner facility.”

Eventually most semblances of the old high school will vanish into the history books.

“The old school will be torn down. We are renovating a section of the building that will open in September but by September, we should have full facilities, parking ready to go.”

That demolition of the old school will begin this spring.

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  • alpinequeen

    In 1959 when I started at LHS, the auditorium held about 525 students which at the time, was the entire student body. Four years later, the auditorium could only hold half of the students requiring at times two assemblies. One time we had a “science guy there, and he started up and ran a model Dynajet ramjet engine on the stage. And the toilets were clean back then too. And lunches were a quarter. And there were no soda or snack vending machines.

  • The truth

    There wasn’t any boring old people who talked to much either. Or was there Queen?