New Orange Beach School groundbreaking set for May 11

Orange Beach Ala.
Looking east in the surf along the gulf coast in Orange Beach, Ala. [Photo Credit: fritzmb via Flickr]

Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon and Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler have announced the groundbreaking ceremony for Orange Beach’s new middle school and high school campus taking place Friday May 11.

“We are ecstatic to reveal the artist renderings and to break ground,” Tyler said. “This is a historic, exciting moment for Baldwin County Public Schools.”

“There is no doubt our quality of life will improve along with the sense of community by the creation of Orange Beach High School and Orange Beach Middle School at the same time,” said Kennon. “The city’s overall goal in working with the Baldwin County Board of Education is to have the best performing and safest schools in the State of Alabama, mirroring the success at Orange Beach Elementary School.”

The public has been encouraged to attend the event which takes place at 11:30. The new school site is located off Williams Silvers Parkway near the entrance of the Orange Beach Sportsplex. City officials ask that attendees park at 23908 Canal Road .

Architectural renderings will be revealed at the ceremony, the proposed building will consist of 101,000 square feet of education space, and will cost approximately $16.1 million. The City of Orange Beach itself contributed greatly to the new site, donating the 40 acres of land that the school will sit on, and will also be funding the performing arts center and future athletic fields at the campus. 

The new schools mascot will be the Mako Sharks, or Makos for short.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the Friday, May 11 groundbreaking and hope they’ll share our enthusiasm,” added Tyler. “We greatly appreciate Mayor Kennon and the Orange Beach City Council ‘s vision and partnership.”