The School City of Hammond is celebrating the opening of the new $100 million Hammond Central High School on Thursday. The district closed its aging Clark, Gavit, and Hammond High schools at the end of the 2020-21 school year and redistricted students between Hammond Central and Morton High School.
The school houses more than 60 classroom spaces, including science and art rooms, along with an open-concept Project Lead the Way classroom that allows for hands-on production areas.
“It’s an enormous privilege to help usher in the first generation of Hammond Central students for the 2021-2022 school year,” said SCH Superintendent Scott Miller.
The Hammond Central name and mascot, the Wolves, came from a series of in-person and virtual town hall meetings and two community surveys conducted over more than two months.
The district worked with architecture firm Schmidt Associates and construction company The Skillman Corp. on the school’s design and building.
“Collaborating with the School City of Hammond since 2017, we have been inspired by a community truly invested in their school,” said Schmidt Associates Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hempstead. “Partnering with a community task force, the School Board, school leadership, parents, and even students, we envisioned and brought to life a space that will serve the community and enhance learning outcomes for many years to come. We could not be more proud of the final product.”
The event will be marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the school from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.