By the fall of 2014, Marshfield will have a new energy efficient high school worth more than $100 million.
Fittingly, the groundbreaking ceremony for the facility took place Monday morning in between the current high school and the site of the future high school.
Construction actually began six weeks ago but the first official shovel welcoming the new high school to Marshfield was put in the ground by none other than a group of future graduates, ranging from the class of 2015 to the class of 2024.
At one point during the groundbreaking ceremony, a graduate from the first graduating class of the current facility, class of 1970, figuratively passed the torch to a student who will be graduating with the first class of the new facility, class of 2015.
High School Principal Bob Keuther says it’s a memory Marshfield will never forget, “There’ll be a picture of Dennis Oakman handing a yearbook to Jamie Whittaker. That’ll be a picture predominantly inside the time capsule so that’ll be a historic look at what’s happened at the high school.”
A time capsule which will include memorabilia from each high school grade and department will be buried at the site of the new school on Forest Street. Principal Keuther says 50 or 60 years from now when it’s time to build a new school again, the capsule will be opened.
“We wanted to certainly commemorate the work of the community and be representative of high school and high school life in 2012,” says Principal Keuther
State Treasurer Steve Grossman spoke at the ceremony and explained to the group of students what they have to look forward to, especially when it comes to the arts, “Think about the dramatic productions that will go on on expanded stage, think about the lighting design-the set design, think about what the choral groups and the band will be able to do, the storage areas that will be available to store musical instruments. You have an extraordinary experience in front of you.”
The Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to reimburse Marshfield a little more than 55% of eligible costs which totals to about $47 million.
Site of new high school behind the current building on Forest Street
State Representative Jim Cantwell
State Treasurer Steve Grossman (left), High School Principal Bob Keuther (right)
(above photo provided by Arnold Briggs)