From The Biloxi Sun-Herald: The Ocean Springs (Miss.) school district is breaking ground this week on a 300,000-square-foot high school. It will be complete either at the end of 2011 or the spring of 2012. The school will be built on 40 acres and the other 60 will be preserved as wetlands. The total cost will be between $53 million and $60 million. Plans for the school began to form two years ago when enrollment began increasing after Hurricane Katrina.
MAY 2009...from The Biloxi Sun-Herald: The Ocean Springs (Miss.) School District on Tuesday has unveiled the first set of drawings for a 500,000-square-foot high school slated to be built on the east side of the city. Construction on the new high school is scheduled to begin later this year with a completion date of December 2011. The new two-story facility will accommodate 2,200 students. The plans include 123 teaching spaces, an auditorium that will seat 700, a performance gymnasium, a vocational technical center, parking, athletic fields and a large courtyard in the middle of the school. The first floor is designed to hold the ninth-grade academy, administration offices, a media center, social studies teaching rooms, a dining and kitchen area and fine arts. The second floor will house the teaching areas for math, science, health, labs, athletics and foreign languages. The architect is Allred Architectural Group.