Public Invited to Celebrate Opening of New High School
The public is invited to join students and staff on Wednesday, Sept. 18, as they celebrate the recent opening of the new Waldport High School (grades 9-12). The 56,000-square-foot school is located directly south of Crestview Heights School (grades K-8), which recently underwent a major interior renovation itself.
The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in the new WHS gymnasium. After acknowledgements by Lincoln County School District officials and a dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments will be served in the WHS commons. Then, everyone will be welcome to explore the two schools and visit with teachers and other staff. The new school building is located at 3000 Crestline Drive in Waldport.
Located just a few feet above sea level, the former Waldport High School was the last remaining public school in Lincoln County located within a tsunami inundation zone. Built in 1958, the old school included six portable classrooms and was vulnerable to earthquake and flooding. Plans are now under way to conduct live fire training exercises at the old school, remove any remaining structures, and convert the campus to open space use.
The new high school is located between Crestview Heights School and the Oregon Coast Community College south campus. Funding for the new high school and part of the Crestview remodeling was provided through the $63 million general obligation bond levy that county voters approved in May 2011. Immediately following passage of the measure, work began on many school improvement projects throughout the school district. The school district pledged to spend these tax dollars locally, in Lincoln County, as much as possible. T. Gerding Construction Co. reports that more than 75 percent of funds expended on the new WHS were spent in-county, with Lincoln County businesses and subcontractors.