District 7 Breaks Ground For New Spartanburg High School

It’s been almost 60 years since District 7 constructed a new high school. But since the groundbreaking ceremony on December 14, 2016, students now won’t have to wait much longer before moving into a brand new flagship facility. In the groundbreaking ceremony on a patch of wooded property on the 177-acre site that will be home to the new school, District officials gathered to celebrate a new beginning for Spartanburg High School. During the hour-long groundbreaking ceremony, students and notable alumni underscored the significance of the day and the critical nature of this investment in the life of District 7. Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 guests, Superintendent, Dr. Russell Booker said, “The last time the District 7 community celebrated a new high school was in 1959. Dwight Eisenhower was the President of the United States. Alaska and Hawaii were becoming the 49th and 50th states. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was still 5 years off, minimum wage was $1.00 an hour and RCA sold 90,000 color TV sets. Today, we can watch anything from anywhere in the world on phones that fit in our pockets – we’re educating students for jobs that don’t exist yet - in a world where 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every single day. To say that times have changed is an understatement. And yet,” said Booker, “with the seismic shifts that have taken place in every stratum of our lives since the 1950s, we stand on common ground rooted in values that have long defined this community. Since the birth of this District in the late 1800s - the Spartanburg community has been clear about it’s commitment to excellence in education. Today, we honor and celebrate that legacy.”
The groundbreaking paves the way for a new high school that will be built on East Main Street across from Wal-Mart and adjacent to The Home Depot. With the core facilities designed for 2500 students, the classroom spaces will actually be built for a population of 2100 students. Included in the new school is a fine arts wing with a 1,000-seat performing arts center, and a comprehensive athletic complex that includes a 7,500-seat athletic stadium.
Today’s groundbreaking ceremony included students, faculty and staff from Spartanburg High School and throughout the District, notable SHS alumni in the community, along with local leaders and key stakeholders. The Spartanburg High School Marching Band made a surprise appearance and its show choir The Corporation opened the program with The National Anthem. As for the actual groundbreaking, the District included in the shoveling ceremony the Board of Trustees, as well as faculty, staff and students from the high school and students from every school in the District. Calling the groundbreaking a once-in-a-lifetime event, Spartanburg High School Principal Jeff Stevens said, “This is a dream fulfilled for the Spartanburg High School community – we are incredibly excited about the opportunities and possibilities that will be afforded to us in spaces we’ve simply never had before. It’s also important to note that our teachers’ ideas have been pivotal to this project. They have anchored us every step of the way in creating a place where we can inspire and equip our students for meaningful lives of leadership and service.”

Groundbreaking Ceremony Photo Gallery

60 Seconds from the Groundbreaking with Comments from Dr. Booker

Fun Fact About the New High School

*The new SHS will be built for 2,100 students
*Will be situated on 177 wooded acres
*Will have walking trails and ponds
*Will be approximately 400,000 square feet
*Will have a 1,000-seat performing arts theatre
*Will have a 7,500-seat stadium and a 2,500-seat arena
*Will provide parking spaces for 1,200 cars
*Will open in 2019

New Spartanburg High School Front

Front Zoom

Front Side Zoom

Football Stadium

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