The New Jersey high school attended by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, playwright Ntozake Shange and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z received a new beginning as officials break ground for the new Trenton Central High School.
The $155 million building will serve 1,900 students in grades 10 through 12 and is expected to be 374,000 square feet. The building will include outdoor courtyards, an outdoor amphitheater, a swimming pool, a new gymnasium, a dance studio, soccer fields and a media center. Every classroom will also have a Smart Board.
Plans for the new high school were reportedly announced in 2014. The old high school, built in 1932, was demolished because of hazardous health conditions.
“Trenton Central High School continues to progress by increasing our graduation rate, we are increasing our partnerships to college and careers and our overall school environment,” TCHS principal, Hope Grant, said. “Our students and staff are poised and ready to accept and meet all of the opportunities that this new building has to offer.”
A ceremony was held Friday that included an appearance from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently announced a $300 million revitalization plan for Trenton.
“The rebirth of Trenton has begun,” Christie said. “These projects are an indication of it. But not just the money we’re spending and investing, but it is also because of the enthusiasm and the commitment of the people of this community, to have a mayor you can be proud of, to have a city council you can be proud of, to have a school board you can be proud of who want to work in concert with the state administration to make sure this city becomes in its rebirth, even greater than it’s been in its past.”