Rain or Shine the EHS GRAND OPENING is a go on Saturday June 2nd! The EHS Pioneer Marching Band will now play at 9:30 a.m. in Ely Square due to the rain out of the Appreciation Day Concert. A parade follows at 10:30 a.m. and a ribbon cutting at EHS (Middle Avenue side) in front of the Washington Building. Much, much more to see! Something for everyone! In the event of thunderstorms, all activities will be moved inside EHS, including the EHSPMB performance. Don't miss this momentous day! Pick up your commemorative booklet with full schedule in Friday's CT!
The building, a whopping 330,000 square feet, is among the largest and most complex school building projects undertaken by the Ohio School Facilities Commission. At a price tag of more than $70 million, it is also one of the most expensive single projects taxpayers in Elyria have had a part in, and Superintendent Paul Rigda said that has not been lost on school officials.
“Elyria High is the flagship school of the district, of the community, and we appreciate the trust put in us by taxpayers to do this project when they passed the bond issue,” he said. “There were so many people who said it couldn’t be done, but we never underestimated the support of our community. They give to us when they can, even giving to us when it hurts.”
The school is not just large. It was designed to be modern and college-campus-like with features like a WiFi Cafe, a full-production television studio and editing lab, a $4 million state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, a 2,000-seat gymnasium and an avant-garde central kitchen and contemporary dining hall.
Elyria is the birthplace of Easter Seals, so Elyria Schools, in conjunction with Elyria Rotary, the Lorain County Historical Society, Easter Seals and EMH Regional Medical Center, will unveil at 11 a.m. a historic marker and stones on the grounds of Elyria High School that will recognize victims of a street car disaster in 1907. The accident led to the establishment of Elyria Memorial Hospital and the Crippled Children’s Society, now Easter Seals.The historic marker and stones will be on the corner of Fifth Street and Middle Avenue, at nearly the same site as the disaster.