Community members have the opportunity this Friday to reminisce as they walk through the halls of the current Miami Trace High School one last time.
This community tour will take place Friday, Oct. 19 from 5-7 p.m. Those interested can also stick around after the tour and enjoy the final home football game of the season, according to Miami Trace Superintendent David Lewis.
“The tour will be self-guided and all areas of the building will be open, so you can spend as much time as needed in the areas that meant the most to you,” said Lewis. “Administrators and board members will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions that you may have.”
A 3.9-mill, 37-year bond issue passed at the May 2015 special election, setting in motion the construction of the new high school located on a nearly 60-acre piece of farmland to the east of the football stadium. The new high school replaces the existing high school that opened in 1962.
Currently, the plan is to close the current high school at the end of the school day on Friday, Dec. 14. The moving process into the new school will begin on Monday, Dec. 17 and should take two to three days to complete. The opening of the new school will be in January 2019.
School administrators urge the public not to disrupt or take any items from the building during the tour, as students will be in session through Dec. 14.
The public will also have the opportunity to participate in the building auction to bid on select items and mementos. It will be scheduled for mid-to late-January.
For those planning to attend the football game against Hillsboro that evening, purchase a ticket at one of the gates and enter the building for the tour at the center doors in Panther Alley. For those who do not plan to stay for the game, use the main entrance of the high school to enter and exit the building for the tour.
“We look forward to seeing you on the 19th to share in your memories,” said Lewis. “Go Panthers!”
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