Worthing High School’s new classroom wing is in the final stages of completion and will open to students for the start of the upcoming school year.
Recently, Worthing Principal Duane Clark led a group of district and community representatives through the new two-story building for a first-hand look at the new facility, which is Phase 1 of a three-phase construction plan.
“This building is brighter,” Clark told the group. “It brings a different sense of pride.”
The building features 40 learning centers, including seven science labs, career and technology education (CTE) spaces, and a collegiate-style lecture hall. Plenty of windows allow natural light to fill brightly colored classrooms, open staircases, and hallways, which feature the Worthing school colors of green and gold throughout the terrazzo tile floor.
New furniture will be delivered to the facility in the coming weeks and teachers and staff will move in after school lets out for the summer. The school will continue to use the current kitchen and cafeteria space, which will be open to the new building. Other parts of the school will be sealed off and demolished to make way for the next phase of construction.
“I’m excited about it,” said Kristin Craft, HISD’s school support officer for Worthing. “It’s beautiful.”
Worthing is a comprehensive high school located in the Sunnyside neighborhood and offers programs in tourism and hospitality, information technology, and agricultural and animal science.
“We hope the new building will draw more kids back in,” Clark said. “We have a lot to offer.”
When complete in 2018, the $30 million project will feature four flexible learning centers, three CTE classrooms, and new spaces for administrative offices, student guidance, athletics, and a dining area that opens to a large outdoor courtyard.