Rebuilding Albany High School project officially begins
ALBANY, N.Y. (April
14, 2018) -- Construction of the new and improved Albany High
School officially got underway Saturday at a
celebrating the start of the project’s first phase.
community leaders, students, parents and residents joined City School
District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, Board of Education
President Sue Adler, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan and others to mark the event
on a chilly spring afternoon.
“As we break ground
today on the first phase of our comprehensive project to expand and
rebuild Albany High School, it is an opportunity for all of us to
reflect on the progress we have made, and to rejoice in anticipation of
all of the progress still to come,” Adams said. “For Albany High School.
For all of our students. And for our entire community.”
approved the project in February 2016. Construction and renovations will
take place in four phases. Plans call for the project to be fully
finished in 2024. Phase I – a new three-story, 120,000-square-foot
academic building – will be completed for the start of the 2019-20
school will be stunning. Our children and community deserve this fine
facility, and we are thankful to our entire community for supporting
this project,” Adler said.
There will be three additional construction phases,
beginning with Phase II next spring. That work will include a new
building for art and music classrooms. Future phases will enclose the
school’s courtyard, fully renovate the current three-story academic
building and add new learning spaces for Albany High’s career and
technical education programs, currently located two blocks away from the
main campus at the Abrookin Career and Technical Center.
renovations to the 44-year-old school will include completely replacing
the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, adding a new
200-seat balcony to the auditorium and creating new space for
physical-education classes, including elevated jogging lanes in the main
the project is completed in 2024, the 378,000-square-foot school
(including Abrookin) will be expanded by about 250,000 square feet. The
plan was designed to serve the district’s growing student population.
Albany High currently has about 2,500 students and enrollment is
projected to grow to about 3,000.
community has made a significant investment in the future of education
in our city through its support of this project. We are deeply grateful
for that,” Adams said. “Because we know that investment is not just
about the bricks and mortar of new facilities.
about the undeniable glow that our students and staff will have when
they find themselves inside these remarkable new facilities. That
uplifting feeling that says: ‘My community supports me. My community
values me. My community believes in me.’”
he mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
about 9,600 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.