Hampton HS Set to Open for 2014-15 School Year
Submission Date: July 30, 2014
Release Date: For Immediate Release
(Release # 0005-7-14)
Hampton High School Set to Open for 2014-15 School Year
High school returns to community after 60 year absence
HENRY COUNTY, GA – In the past 60-plus years, high school students in the city of Hampton have never stopped learning nor have they been denied a quality education or a diploma. However, starting this year, getting to high school will become a lot easier now that Hampton High School is back as part of the county school system and local community.
The ribbon will be cut on Thursday, July 31, and freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, along with new faculty, staff, and administrators will walk through the doors of the brand new school and the 51st school in the Henry County School System. New high schools typically don’t have a senior class in their first year of existence, so the first graduating class in more than six decades will earn their diplomas in May of 2016.
Built as a way to help alleviate the overcrowding at nearby Luella High School, Hampton High will welcome close to 800 students on Monday, August 4, the first day of school.
Ground was broken on the facility in the summer of 2012 thanks to passage of E-SPLOST IV. The local one-cent sales tax, paid by anyone spending money in the county, covers the cost of this project as well as several other capital projects, which include upgrades for other facilities throughout the district.
Dubbed as a “personalized learning community,” the school will be unique in its approach to teaching students. Principal Todd Finn, his administrative staff, and district officials have been hiring and planning for the new school and its new model for the past year in order to bring a fresh approach to helping students learn and achieve at greater levels.
One big highlight for the school is that it will open as a one-to-one technology school, meaning that every student will have use of a mobile device such as a laptop computer. These devices will be used by students in much the same way as textbooks once served learners. The laptops will be for learning and educational purposes, while some textbooks may still be available in certain scenarios. Digital content has advanced to the point that newer technology devices can easily replace much of the traditional classroom materials.
Superintendent Rodney Bowler knows there is great excitement and anticipation for the return of Hampton High School, and he shares great appreciation for the community’s support of the school system by approving the E-SPLOST to make this latest school opening possible.
“Everyone in Henry County Schools is excited to welcome the newest member of our learning community,” said Bowler. “This school fits nicely into our long-range vision for providing unique and personalized learning opportunities for all of our students, and Hampton High School will be able to serve as an example for others in our district as we move forward with our mission of ensuring success for each student.”
An open house for the high school will take place immediately following the ribbon cutting on Thursday. The remaining high schools in the district will hold their own annual open house events starting at 1 p.m., followed by middle schools at 3 p.m. and elementary schools at 5 p.m.
For more information on Henry County Schools, please visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.
Photo: (L-R) Hampton High School Principal Todd Finn, Assistant Principal Dani Stamm, and Assistant Principal John Howard.