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New Olympus High School brings mixed emotions from students, teachers

By Kathryn May | Posted - Apr 8th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

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HOLLADAY — Some students in Holladay returned from spring break to a brand new school, and many of them had mixed emotions about the updated Olympus High School.

Several classrooms, including the graphics lab, have not quite been completed during the construction and transition, adding to the confusion for students and teachers to navigate their way around.

"I'll be honest, it's been a little crazy," said English teacher Marci Bishop. "Just making sure everything is going to work. We don't quite have our teacher desks yet."

Several of the students also said they have had a hard time adjusting to the new surroundings.

"It feels like the first day of school all over again," said student body officer Stephen Pinnock. "Just trying to find all of our classes. None of us really know where to go."

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However, many students were also very excited about the new equipment and the feel to the high school.

"It's just big and feels almost like a college campus," said student body officer Eden Neff. "It's really cool."

Several new features and amenities were also added to the new high school, including new lecture halls, an auditorium and a black box theater.

"I love the gym with the track around the top," said student body officer Zac Wilson. "The gym is just huge and clean and beautiful."

Principal Mark Manning said the new high school was a necessity for growth and future needs.

I feel like that school is my school. This is a cool preview of the new one, but the old building will always be mine.

–Campbell McGavin, student body officer

"We're just trying to look at what school's going to look like 10, 15, 20 years down the road and provide a physical structure that's going to meet those needs," Manning said. "And we feel good about it."

Still many said they have felt sentimental when they saw the end of a building that holds 60 years of memories.

"I feel like that school is my school," said student body officer Campbell McGavin. "This is a cool preview of the new one, but the old building will always be mine."

From several areas on campus, students and teachers still have a view of the old building, but next week demolition will begin. The new area will provide space for a swimming pool, parking lot and athletic fields.


Kathryn May

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