The renovation and restoration of Ogden High School, at a cost of $70 million, is proceeding at a strong pace. About $8 million, of $9 million sought privately, has been raised to restore the school's historic auditorium and its windows. While students attend classes on weekdays, construction continues with minimal interference.
Representatives of the Standard-Examiner had the opportunity to tour the construction at the school. Based on our experiences, the money has been well spent and the high school will provide a marvelous educational experience for students. It will also be a showpiece for the community. It will both preserve history and provide state-of-the-art educational facilities for students and educators.
For example, the new school is providing learning centers for the arts, sciences, sports, and other disciplines that any school in Utah will envy. We were able to tour several classes, including graphic arts, dance and biology, and the space and equipment provided will serve as a motivator for students. On the historical side, the Ogden High School Capital Campaign's efforts to restore the auditorium have uncovered historical treasures, such as the autographs of five workers 70-plus years ago who stenciled their names next to intricate designs high above center stage.
Also, the new construction in the school is retaining portions of the old gymnasium. The basketball floor and gymnasium walls provide an attractive look and feel to learning areas.
We urge the community to become aware of the restoration of Ogden High School. It's a beautiful school with a great history and what's being done there assures it a very long prominence into the future. We're a far more diverse society than we were in the past, and demographic changes have provided Ogden High many challenges.
The upgraded school we'll soon have in Junction City will turn these challenges into opportunities and advancements.