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Dover Post
  • District gathers to hold dedication ceremony for new Dover High School

  • Community members, districts staff and school board members gathered on Saturday to officially dedicate the new Dover High School.
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  • Community members, districts staff and school board members gathered on Saturday to officially dedicate the new Dover High School.
    The 290,000-square-foot building has been in the works since 2007, when the land that the school now sits on was first purchased by the district. This weekend, construction manager EDiS and ABHA Architects, which designed the school, turned the building over to the Capital School District.
    “We are so fortunate to live and work in a community which supports the educational development of its children and takes great pride in its school district,” Superintendent Michael Thomas said during the ceremony. “It is with pleasure and admiration that I express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the citizens of the Capital School District.”
    The referendum to build the $114 million school was held in March of 2010 and work began in 2011. The new Dover High will now welcome its first group of students when the 2014-2015 school year begins on Aug. 21.
    School board president Kay Dietz-Sass said she hopes the community will be as proud of the new building as the school board is.
    “My hope is that each of you feel that this high school and our community is ours,” Dietz-Sass said those who attended Saturday’s dedication. “It’s mine, it’s yours, it is ours. May you embrace it, as so many of us have, as your own. Take pride in this building and let it flow into the community.”
    Following the ceremony, those in attendance were offered self-guided tours of the new school.
    Madison Hazen, an eighth-grader at Central Middle School, said the school’s sports complex is her favorite part of the new building.
    Community member said Vivian Starnes liked the school’s layout.
    “[I like] the construction if it and the way they’ve designed all the different types of rooms and all the extra stuff,” she said. “Like in the health department they have a very nice lay out. It’s just beautiful.”
    State Sen. Brian Bushweller (D-Central Kent) said his favorite part is the school’s academic wing, the three-story building that makes up the school’s main structure.
    “As I understand it, they were all built on the best research possible,” he said. “For me, it’s all about student achievement and that academic wing is where that student achievement will occur or won’t occur. I think it has a good chance of occurring in this building.”

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