New Heritage High School to open to students coming in the fall


    Front of the school (Jemon Haskins)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) – We’re going inside the new state-of-the-art building for Heritage High School in Lynchburg.

    It's been years in the making and $78 million to build.

    With just over a week before opening bell, construction workers are adding the finishing touches to the new Heritage High School.

    Principle Tim Beatty will shepherd the freshman class of 2020 through those gleaming new doors.

    "You kinda wish you could go back in time and go to a high school like this," said Beatty.

    There are touch-screen monitors in every classroom. Also, the open air and natural light will be a critical element in the learning environment here to keep students relaxed and engaged.

    "Who wouldn't want to come here who would not want come to this building?" said Beatty.

    Lanaux Hailey, an English teacher, said the teachers are so excited about the new building.

    It boasts an open-air lecture hall, cosmetology classroom, and theater.

    "All the technology is incredible! The space is incredible! the kids are gonna go crazy the kids are gonna go just gonna go nuts," said Hailey.

    And there’s a brand new air conditioned gym. Volleyball player Gabby Coradazzi will get to complete her senior year in it.

    "There is no words to describe how great it is. I'm really looking forward to it," said Coradazzi.

    But they have room to expand to 1200.

    The old Heritage will be razed into athletic fields and parking, so parking may be a little cramped this first year.

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