MILTON, Ga. — In a way, July 24 was the first day of school for those students headed to Cambridge High School in a few weeks. That was the day the new school finally opened its doors and the community was allowed to tour the home of the Bears.
With all-new furnishings and even that new-building smell, the students took in the sights of their new home for the next few years – the large gymnasium, the media center, their classrooms and multiple theater rooms.
“I love it,” said Ethan David, who will be a freshman this year and will be in the band. “It’s a different style than other schools. The clocks and the big staircase are cool.”
Each hallway has traditional round clocks jutting out from the walls, reminding students how long they have to get to their next class.
“I’m excited about it,” said fellow trombone player Justin Harrell, a sophomore transferring from Milton High School.
Harrell said he made the switch from Milton because Cambridge offered more opportunities for leadership, thanks to its slightly smaller size.
Cambridge hopes to have an enrollment of 1,100 students in its first year, less than half that of Milton.
“This is the first true taste of how things will be this year,” said Cambridge Athletic Director Matt Lawless. “Just having people in the building is great.”
Families walked the hallways taking in the sights and helped the students plan out their schedules. Children ran around greeting each other just like it really was the first day of school.
“The level of excitement is out of control,” said PTSA co-president Veronica Buckman. “Every time kids have to start something new, they get anxious, but these kids are going to make [Cambridge] something special.”
Exploring the new media room, located right at the entrance of the school, beside a large spiral staircase, sophomore Noah Sannes and some friends said they were impressed with their school.
“It’s really nice and amazing,” Sannes said. He is coming from Alpharetta High. “It’s big and confusing, but it’s going to be great.”
It seems to be the consensus that the student body is excited for the coming school year.
“I’m excited for school to start,” said senior Marin Becker. “I never thought I’d say that.”