More than 300 alumni, students, and community leaders filled Naperville Central High School’s gym for the dedication of the newly remodeled campus. They say the event is a culmination of a community effort to bring the building to 21st century standards.
Improvements include new classrooms, each with a smart board, state-of-the-art science labs, a large cafeteria with a high-tech big-screen TV, and brand new football field.
“What you’re going to see today is the ultimate testimony to their vision and their high expectations,” said Superintendent of School District 203, Mark Mitrovich.
“The new school is absolutely beautiful,” said Brendon Montgomery, President of the school’s Student Advisory Council. “It’s so nice to walk into every classroom and see carpeted floors & improved lighting.”
After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, alumni toured the building, checking out the $24-million worth of improvements.
“I’m getting chills just walking around because there’s very little that I recognize,” said Aaron Kroll, of the class of ’93. “It’s absolutely gorgeous. I have a 4-year-old daughter who will be coming here and I’m proud and excited about that.”
“It’s just amazing,” said Karen Randolph, of the class of 79’. “It’s just so open, it’s so modern, so full of energy and light.”
Staff and alumni say the thousands of new lockers, swimming pool, brand new football field, and music wing all play a part in enhancing the high school experience for Red Hawks now and in the future.
“The children will continue to grow and prosper and make Naperville and Naperville Central proud,” said alumnus Bill Seiple, of the class of 1971. “The little tummy tuck, perhaps a nose job, just might spruce her up enough to carry through the next generation of Naperville’s children.”
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