The official dedication of the newly-renovated Southridge High School took place Sunday afternoon.
A ceremony was held to say thank you to everyone who made the $22 million project a reality. Following the thirty minute ceremony, Southridge students gave tours of the high school for those that were interested, pointing out numerous upgrades such as new technology centers and new athletic facilities. This two year project, which was originally scheduled to be completed by the fall of last year, but was delayed due to weather, posed some unusual situations for students, faculty, and staff. However, former principal Mike Eineman says the project was well worth it.
Eineman, who begins his tenure as the new superintendent of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation today, says with the renovation, Southridge is not behind anyone in the area as far as facilities are concerned. He also says the new facilities add to the pride in the Huntingburg community.
Southridge High School had not undergone a renovation of any type since opening in 1972. Upgrades were needed across the board to meet modern day needs of students while preparing them for life after Southridge. Ben Weber, a senior at Southridge High School, explains:
Weber, who opened the ceremony by leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, was a student at Southridge over the duration of the construction. He says it was an honor to witness the daily efforts that were invested in completing a project of this size.
With the final touches of the renovation project set to be wrapped up in a week or two, the Southwest Dubois School Corporation looks to the future for what the new facilities mean to Huntingburg. Terry Enlow, the outgoing Southwest Dubois superintendent, explains:
Enlow previously stated that he would retire at the conclusion of the Southridge project. His final day as superintendent was Friday.