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Sherman ISD hosts new SHS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Sneak Peek Tour
Sherman ISD hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 8, 2021, to celebrate Sherman High School’s new state-of-the-art, three-story campus.
Sherman ISD began constructing the new campus on August 8, 2018, which was part of the 2017 $176 million bond election. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, SISD School board president Tim Millerick, SISD Superintendent David Hicks, City of Sherman Mayor David Plyler, and SHS Class of 2021 Representative Gavin Wallace all gave remarks expressing their excitement for the new building. SHS Principal, Jenifer Politi, addressed those in attendance and shared that it was an honor to begin a new chapter with her staff and students on the new campus.
“The move to our new campus has been fascinating and challenging, but our team continues to rise to the occasion,” Politi expressed during her speech. “This unique state-of-the-art campus will empower our faculty and staff while giving our students a quality education. Our coaches and student-athletes will be training and playing in amazing facilities, our CTE and fine arts students will have the opportunity to expand their learning experiences, and overall, learning will be enhanced because of our new school.”
Gavin Wallace shared the same sentiments in his speech.
“Having the privilege of participating in the Branding Committee for the new high school allowed me and several other students to communicate ideas from our classes to the architects, who have made our desires a reality,” Wallace said. “I know that I speak for myself and on behalf of my classmates in saying that we are beyond excited to see our ideas brought to life inside of our new high school.”
Dr. David Hicks reflected on the number of hours of planning, thinking, discussing, and dreaming that went into making the new SHS a reality.
“We can be very proud of this facility and all that it represents. I want to thank everyone for working so hard to make the new SHS a reality for our community, for our teachers, and our children,” he said. “Our campus design has created more authentic workspaces for culinary arts, agriculture, and construction trades, we have expanded programs in engineering, criminal justice, and cybersecurity, and added new programs in aviation, and automotive technology. Thanks to the guidance from local industry leaders and grants from local businesses and the Texoma Workforce Commission, our equipment and classrooms will rival and even surpass what many colleges and trade schools can offer.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by self-guided tours of the new campus to five specific areas within the campus. Attendees visited the Library/Media Center, Learning Stairs/Cafeteria, Classrooms and Collaboration Spaces, Art Studios, and Competition Gym.
The new Sherman High School is 542,782 square feet on 98.362 acres. It accommodates 2,600 students and features a multi-purpose activity center with an indoor practice facility and weight room, four gyms, athletic fields, and a courtyard that serves as a safe, vibrant outdoor learning space for students and faculty.
The school is more than 500,000 square feet and serves as the flagship campus for Sherman ISD. It features modern technology resources, flexible classrooms and comfortable collaboration areas, natural lighting, outdoor learning spaces, and superior fine arts, athletics, and career and technical education facilities make the campus one of the premier high schools in the nation. Additionally, the SHS project has positively impacted the local economy by utilizing several Texoma contractors and purchasing goods and services from area businesses.
The district is currently planning to hold a grand opening celebration for the new Sherman High School in March.