Over 200 city, county, school officials and members of the community attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Orange Beach Middle/High school on Friday.
The public was encouraged to attend the event which kicked-off at 11:30 a.m. The new school site is located off Williams Silvers Parkway near the entrance of the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
“This is a game changer, in my humble opinion, for the city of Orange Beach,” said Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon. “We have always been a wonderful community and a place to find family values, tradition, safety, protection but with this school, in my humble opinion, it completes us. It makes us that multi-generational community that I think we’re lacking in some ways.”
Architectural renderings were also 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
“This is a true cultural game changer for the City of Orange Beach,” said Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler. “People come here because they know all about you – the sun, the fun, the beach – all of those things. And what I like, you keep it family oriented and that’s hard to do sometimes. But you will be getting a state-of-the-art school … and it’s because of a partnership.”
Preparation work for the new school’s site will begin within the next month with construction set to begin in July.