Aerial of the high school in March

The new $72 million Auburn High School will open to the public for the first time on May 31.

The new $72 million Auburn High School will open to the public for the first time on May 31.

Residents will be encouraged to show up any time from 4 to 7 p.m. for an open house event that will allow them to walk the site and tour the new facility.

ACS Public Relations Specialist Daniel Chesser said school staff will all be wearing bright green lanyards and will be prepared to inform people about different parts of the high school. 

"We'll have people stationed all over the campus," he said. "We're opening it to whoever wants to come, so we're expecting 4,000 to 5,000 people to show up in that three-hour span."

Residents who attend are encouraged to enter the campus via the main entrance on Samford Avenue or the student entrance on Glenn Avenue. The campus is located behind the Church of the Highlands that sits on the corner of Glenn and Samford avenues.

A ribbon cutting is also planned for the new high school and will likely take place before the open house event.

In the meantime, the finishing touches are being completed on site and all furniture and equipment should be in place before the tour.

On June 1, moving trucks will be mobilized to move classroom materials from the old high school to the new.

"We've already got our other campuses boxing stuff up," Chesser said.

The high school teachers should have all their materials in the new high school by June 14. On June 15, movers will begin transporting materials from the former Auburn Junior High School to the former high school building, which will become the junior high school.

Once junior high teachers are settled, seventh grade teachers will move from Drake Middle School to East Samford School — which was the Auburn Junior High School but was recently renamed. Then, sixth grade teachers will adjust to their space in Drake.

"Moving is supposed to be wrapped up by mid-July," Chesser said.

Construction began on the new high school in October 2015. The school is about 347,000 square feet, compared to the old high school's 298,000. It has a capacity of 2,200 students and will house grades 10 through 12.

Three buildings make up the new high school — the main academic building, the fine arts building and the athletic building, which will contain the cafeteria and gymnasium.

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