Inside look at new $134 million Spartanburg High School

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg High School opened its doors to students for the first time yesterday.

This $134 million project was funded through a referendum that voters approved in 2016.

Inside the new 413 thousand square foot facility, there’s a heavy emphasis on technology and modern design.

“We’ve gone from a 50 acre campus and a relatively old building to a 200 acre campus with everything we’ve always wanted from a fine arts center to stadium,” Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker said.

Inspired by schools in Finland, there are 20 “nooks” throughout the hallways, where students can sit and plug their computers into the wall. Others even have sound proof walls along monitored hallways.

“If you look at business and industry you will find in many corporate settings those types of areas throughout,” Dr. Booker said.

Each classroom at Spartanburg High is being installed with  “Front Row” technology, which will allow teachers to record their lesson plans so students can watch from home and use a speaker system to amplify their voices.

There’s a genius bar for computer repairs, 300 security cameras on the property, and 65 monitors throughout the school, which can be updated remotely with emergency alerts.

“What we can is push out content that’s customized to any one of the 65 screens in the building,” Chief Technology Officer Dr. Eric Levitt said.

Outside, there’s an outdoor classroom next to a pond that irrigates the school. 

“This is going to be a green globe facility,” Dr. Booker said. “Everything from the air quality to the water in the building, how we irrigate this campus have been really looked at with sustainability in mind.” 

The Fine Arts Center, gym and arena are still under construction and officials expect those will be completed by the end of October. 

The has a staggered start day schedule, so Monday was Orientation for freshman and seniors and Tuesday is Orientation for sophomores and juniors.

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