Rockets, Welcome to Your New (Pretty Much) School

Students Enjoy New Addition, Renovations

Office staff enjoy the new lobby space

High school students now have a sparkling addition to their building, complete with a repositioned entrance, new gymnasium, two-story media center and classrooms, and plenty of open space. Paint and decor reflect Rocket pride in blue and orange, and natural light streams through new windows.

Construction recently was completed on the new entrance area of the school, allowing students to enjoy the space for the remaining weeks of the semester.

Principal Kevin Simmons looks out of the new media center

“It’s amazing. It’s a major upgrade,” said senior Anna Jensen.

The project was made possible through a $30 million bond issue passed in 2015. The bulk of it, $27 million, went toward improvements at the high school, 23 Jean St. SW, including demolition of a 1930s wing and the large addition. The entrance of the school now fronts Division Avenue instead of Jean Street. Other renovations are in progress.

A new competitive-sized gymnasium will host varsity games and allows for more practice space. The auditorium has new theater-style seating for 480. A two-story media center outfitted with updated technology will serve as a hub for learning and a community center. The goal is to open some facilities to the public.

“The district realized the high school would be a hub for the community,” said Principal Kevin Simmons.

“It’s like a whole new high school,” said senior Sadie Mitchell.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio

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