WBIR: Students head back to class at new Alcoa High School

ALCOA (WATE) – It is back to school time for some kids in East Tennessee, and high school students in Alcoa are headed into a brand new school.

The new school was finished over the summer, and classes began Thursday. Just last week the school held an open house to help prepare students and parents for the upcoming year.

“Coming into it I was really excited, you know a new school, it’s like gorgeous, brand new, but that’s basically our home over there and it’s kind of different coming into this bigger atmosphere,” said student Demi Coleman.

She is part of what will be the first graduating class at the new Alcoa High School.

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New Alcoa High School hits 80 percent completion

54a369afd5bde.imageAs the new Alcoa High School project heads into its final months, crews are getting ready to complete design features that will establish the building as a county “landmark.”

Workers have reached 80 percent completion on the new Alcoa High School, said Merit Construction Senior Vice President Steve Heatherly. The structure’s rotunda is expected to completed in April.

The new Alcoa High School’s design was inspired by the architecture of former ALCOA Inc. buildings and Alcoa schools. The project team reviewed the former West Plant headquarters and Bassel, Charles M. Hall and Springbrook schools.

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