Ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomes students back to renovated Heights High
On Aug. 18, administrators, teachers and staff, along with school board members and city officials from Cleveland Heights and University Heights, celebrated the reopening of the renovated Heights High with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the building's front steps. The two-year-long renovation included refurbishing the original 1926 structure, demolishing the mid-century science wing, and building state-of-the-art educational and athletic facilities.
Heights High seniors and student leaders Peyton Marshall and David Matia cut the ribbon.
Eric Silverman, a member of the board of education, delivered the opening remarks, thanking the many individuals involved in the project's execution, and noting, "We now have, possibly for the first time in the last 100 years, the best building for a public—or private—high school in this region."
Cleveland Heights Mayor Cheryl Stevens also spoke of the building as being a boon to the district: "Renovating Heights High . . . was an important step in providing an environment that encourages learning and striving for excellence.” A video of the entire ceremony can be viewed here.
Students—many of whom spent part or all of the renovation's two years at the temporary high school on the Wiley Campus—began the 2017–18 school year at Heights High on Monday, Aug. 21.
Heights High will host a grand opening for the community on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1–4 p.m. Additional tours will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, during Cleveland Heights High School's Homecoming weekend.
Jessica Schantz is the e-news manager at the Heights Observer and a long-time resident of Cleveland Heights.