Sharpstown High School students, staff and alumni were joined by elected officials and business representatives Saturday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s new 21st century campus.
Houston City Council Member Michael Laster and State Reps. Borris Miles and Gene Wu gave remarks at the event, and the school was presented with a special proclamation from the State of Texas.
“I believe there’s been a rebirth in this community, and Sharpstown High School is firmly embedded as an important part of this rebirth,” said Sharpstown Principal Rob Gasparello. “We’re a better school now than we were five years ago, and we’re getting better every day.”
Designed to have a collegiate feel, the new $55 million facility will feature a two-story, light-filled atrium, classrooms equipped with modern technology grouped into neighborhoods, flexible learning spaces, a large dinning commons, gymnasium, JROTC building and fine arts wing.
“I’m proud of Sharpstown, and I know the new building will make a big difference for the students and the community,” said Sharpstown student and Project Advisory Team member Daniel Alvarez.
The new facility, which will accommodate 1,500 students, will be built adjacent to the existing structure. Students will remain in the current building during construction, which is expected to take about 20 months to complete.
“Anything that has to do with Sharpstown High School, I’m proud to be a part of,” said 1997 Sharpstown graduate Chrishonda Kassim. “This is a great day for our community.”