Provo City School District broke ground on the new Provo High Wednesday afternoon, one day following the announcement that Brigham Young University would buy the current Provo High location on University Ave for $25 million.
“I want to thank the citizens in Provo,” said Julie Rash, Provo School Board president. “Without the support of the citizens and the community, we wouldn’t be here. The citizens of Provo have been engaged. They’ve supported us; they’ve trusted us with this project.”
The new location at 1300 N. Lakeshore Drive in Provo is a 43-acre plot of land — an increase from 25 acres — and Provo High Principal Karen Brown is glad that the new campus won’t be as scattered as its current home.
“We don’t have a campus where we are all together, so it’s going to be so wonderful to have a place where all of our activities can be done in one place,” Brown said. “We’ll have all of our fields together; we’ll have our incredible performing arts center.”
Construction plans posted of the campus at the groundbreaking showed a three-level facility with three different classroom wings and two gyms. And Brown says students are thrilled about the new high school.
“I think it really boosts morale in students when they know that people care enough that they’ve invested in their future,” Brown said. “For them to have a new facility that they can take pride in. I think it’s going to boost their confidence their morale just knowing that the whole city is behind them.”
Provo High plans on having their first semester at the new high school in fall 2018. The current 9th grade class will be the first graduating class in the school in 2019.
In 1956, the current Provo High on University Ave. was completed as a brand-new school for its students. Previously, students had attended school in a structure built in the early 1900s.