Heights High to hold farewell ceremony and groundbreaking on May 12

Students, staff, alumni, area leaders and the Heights community will gather on Tuesday, May 12, in the Cleveland Heights High School courtyard, to celebrate the school’s history and break ground for major renovations set to begin this summer.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and music from the Instrumental Music Department. Presentations and remarks will begin at 6:30 p.m., after a welcome address from Superintendent Talisa L. Dixon. The program will include a brief overview of Heights High’s present and future, followed by a retrospective with a slideshow and student-produced video interviews with alumni. Next, the high school principals and student ambassadors will place hand-picked items into a time capsule, joined by the oldest Heights High alumni in the audience.

“This event will be a fitting tribute to Heights High’s rich history and an exciting preview of the plans for the 21st-century renovations to come. I’m sure attendees will leave feeling both sentimental about the school’s past and energized for its future,” said Nancy Peppler, board of education president.

Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox is slated to speak about the value of strong public schools in a community.

After Gary Balog, lead architect, provides an overview of the renovation plans, Dave Tabor, bond issue levy committee co-chair, will lead the groundbreaking ceremony.

“This is a community celebration. Everyone is encouraged to attend. We're expecting a beautiful evening in the Heights High courtyard. Bring the kids—this is about their future. Refreshments and face painting will also be available,” stated Zoraba Ross, CHHS administrative principal.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved inside to the auditorium.

Angee Shaker

Angee Shaker is director of communications for Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

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