New Central Kitsap campus to replace high school, middle school
KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. -- As the saying goes, you can’t really go home again.
It's true for this Central Kitsap High School graduate, and will soon be true for other CKHS graduates like 1996 classmates Debbie Tebo, Jennifer Bailey and Therese Alden.
“It feels the same. It smells the same," Tebo said as we walked the halls before the first day of the new school year.
Bailey remembers when students spilled out into the hallways to make posters and dance decorations.
“We would pile up other stuff like T-shirts and other stuff we were selling because it was the only place to put them," she said outside the Associated Student Body office.
Our memories were much better than our memory as we tried to find our former classrooms.
Several minutes were spent wondering, “Was this Partain's (classroom)? No Partain was one more. No Partain was that one.”
What many know now is Central Kitsap High School and Central Kitsap Middle School will soon be torn down. The Central Kitsap School District has been buying up land—adding to the seven-acre site. They now own 60 acres.
“Our intentions are to go fence line to fence line and redevelop it," said CKSD executive business director Doug Newell.
A $178 million campus will combine the high school and middle school on one campus. New fields, even tennis courts, mean teams can practice at home—not over at Olympic High School. Future plans leave room for grandstands along the football field, which could mean home games would be eventually played--at home.
The district will demolish Central Kitsap Middle School before the new school opens in 2019.
They plan to demolish the high school later that year but a date has not been set.
So how do you sum up decades of memories from graduating classes?
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So many going back in time…one more time.
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