Austin High School is breaking ground on a $29.6 million project to upgrade the campus.
The historic Central El Paso school was founded back in 1930.
EPISD said they want to try and preserve the campus’s original architcture while upgrading the campus for today’s students.
These renovations, which are made possible by the voter-approved bond 2016 modernization program, will include construction of a new performing arts center with a 300-seat theater, a band classroom, an orchestra classroom, and a multi-purpose room.
The performing arts center is something that many students asked for, as their fine arts program grows.
“They have a very robust dance and drama programs there at Austin High School,” EPISD’s Melissa Martinez tells KTSM. “So we know that those students were very passionate about having a theater. This is something we’re really proud to be able to offer that to them.”
Other projects include upgrades to the mechanical system, roof improvements, LED lighting at the campus, replacement of windows and aesthetic upgrades to classrooms.
Improvements at the school also include renovations to the courtyard, a popular gathering area at the school.
“It makes me feel proud of my school because our school is pretty old, and getting something new would be pretty nice for our school,” sophomore Alexa Andrade said.
The renovations to Austin High School are expected to be completed in spring of 2021.