Out with the old, in with the new: A potential new Cherokee campus on the horizon

Cherokee High School may be relocating to a new campus in the near future.

The official approval of the land purchase was given at a Cherokee County Schools board meeting Dec. 10 of this past year.

The cost of $7.7 million dollars purchased 88 acres next to Teasley Middle School, using the Ed SPLOST (Education Special Purpose Location Option Sales Tax) funds. It would cost three years and $90 million to $100 million to build, aiming for a finish in 2025 or 2026 at the earliest.

The current campus on Marietta Highway has been around for decades. It was originally built in 1956, and a considerable amount of renovations and expansions have taken place over the years. The current campus is also the oldest, largest, and most expensive to maintain in the whole school county.

Not to mention the number of students at the school has grown a quarter of its size in the past decade. Canton Elementary was recently repurposed as a second building a few years ago.

The marked location shows where the new building would go, north of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. [Photo credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

The current North building would be given back, as promised, to Canton Elementary. The main campus would be reused as a magnet school or a half-day school that would offer electives that are unavailable to the six high schools in the school district.

I’m happy for the upcoming classes that will get to use the new campus. I can’t wait to see what the end product will turn out to be and what amenities they add. I think it will also be nice to have a high school not next to Boling Park.

Noelle Richardson, CHS freshman

The new campus would provide lots of benefits to the school district. It’s clear that Cherokee County is rapidly growing, and the student population with it.

Canton Elementary would free up more space in Knox and R.M. Moore Elementary, where the students were distributed years previous. The half-day elective school would also help spread out the student distribution.

I’m looking forward to being one of the first classes to use the school. Although Cherokee is a good school, the current building is old. Really old.

Alaina Bird, class of 2027

The current building has seen through decades of history and thousands of students and staff members. It will definitely be a bittersweet experience for the Cherokee family to say goodbye, but there’s still a few years left in the current building.

As featured in a previous article for homecoming, this photo combines photos of the campus in 1958 and currently. [Photo credit: Ainsley Webb]

Cherokee is looking forward to its possible new campus. May the new one be as filled with great and historic memories as the last.

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