It was an historic event!
The Essex District High School community and the Greater Essex County District School Board celebrated the completion of the new high school by opening the doors for everyone to tour the building.
It's been a long process. The initial funding for the project was awarded in 2007. Construction began in June, 2012 and the 4th and final stage was complete in July, 2015. Students and staff are enjoying their first full year in the finished building.
The Celebration of Completion focused on the history of high school in Essex, which began in 1885 and has continued, on the same site, since 1889. Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Gale Simko-Hatfield remarked, during her address, "Now we have this fabulous new building to carry us through at least the next few decades, which permits us the opportunity to add on to our incredible history in this community."
Director of Education Erin Kelly (pictured, right) said, "I know that people in the Town of Essex have always held public education in high esteem. Back in 1893 Essex High School was among the first to hold a commencement ceremony for graduates. It was free to all guests at first, but became so popular that they started to charge an admission fee.
This new school will help us carry on the outstanding traditions of public education in the region."
The EDHS Leadership Class produced a video with reflections from students and staff about the differences between their old building and the new one - https://youtu.be/Lhu2fXC-kv8