WISD dedicates giant new University High School
The massive new University High School on South New Road, just off Interstate 35 South, was dedicated Sunday, August 14, 3 p. m. A host of parents, students and faculty gathered in one of the large gyms.
UHS Principal Nolan Correa said it was great to have a state of the arts building, but the main focus of the school will be to educate students, the leaders of tomorrow.
The new school cost about $72 million. UHS band, cheerleaders and ROTC students participated in the opening. WISD school board members added their comments, while Mayor Jim Bush presented a proclamation which principal said would be proudly displayed in the front office.
The Partners in Education program was represented by Hillcrest CEO Glenn Robinson. He said he was proud to be their neighbor and assured everyone students would be participating with Hillcrest in the learning process.
A representative of the architect and building contractor was on hand. Ryan Galler, with Bartlett Cocke, lived in Robinson during the 2.5 years he was building the massive school. Also four assistant principals were there including Carol Jo (Fisher) Mize, who was a beauty queen winner in the Miss Waco Pageant in 1985.
Also some early students like Bill Foster, when the school was called Waco Tech High. It started in 1947.
The principal told the students in the audience that now it was their time to shine. Perez said it was a new day for UHS as he closed the ceremonies. Everyone was invited to tour the building and visit the various classes.
Coach Matt Carroll assured us he would get students to participate with us covering the games — especially when they win. First scrimmage is Friday (August 19) with Mexia at the WISD field, which is almost with walking distance of the school. We suggested the players hike there to get more exercise.
Photos by Hope Gonzales
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