North Forest HS construction approaches completion

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With construction almost complete, the North Forest High School Bulldogs are on track to kick off the 2018 spring semester in their new building.

Both doors and kitchen equipment have arrived for installation, and marker boards are scheduled to be delivered in the coming weeks, project officials said. Carpet and ceiling tile installation also is underway.

The $59.5 million campus, which is being built on the east side of Mesa Road across from the existing school, will accommodate 1,300 to 1,500 students.

“I like how the campus is set up into zones for small learning communities, which will allow us to focus in on developing the whole child in all of their core areas,” North Forest Principal Darryl Henson said. “They’re recreating new learning spaces for our children to provide them with an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a 21st century learning environment.”

Design plans for the new high school call for flexible learning areas, a modern dining commons, and career training spaces, as well as plenty of windows that will provide ample natural lighting and open views to the prairie in front of the building and the forest in back.

The school is slated for completion during the fourth quarter of 2017, with doors opening to staff and students in January 2018.

Funded through money provided by the state, North Forest High School is among more than two dozen schools under active construction across the district. Once all projects are complete, HISD will have one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.