Partial demolition set to begin in April for the old Attleboro High School


ATTLEBORO, MASS. (WLNE) – It’s the first of many goodbyes at the old Attleboro High School.

The school is set to hold an open house at the old campus this weekend, allowing the community to walk the halls before partial demolition begins.

“I am excited for our community to be able to come in one more time, be able to reminiscence, walk the halls and maybe see their locker or old home room,” Attleboro High School Principal Bill Runey said.

According to Runey, come April, several parts of the campus will be knocked down to make room for the new school. That includes the former pool, the small gym, locker room, and weight room.

“There has to be a partial demolition of this campus because we need room for a temporary bus loop and temporary parking for school to open in August in the new building,” Runey said.

Meanwhile, at the new school, construction continues for the $260-million campus, which will eventually replace the old one built in the 60’s.

“There’s an innovation lab where we’re going to have 3-D printers and CNC machines and a new technology called Zspace that involves holograms. It’s going to be perfect,” Runey said.

Principal Runey calls the new building a dream one true. But, it’s bittersweet as he won’t be a part of the transition. Runey will leave his post as principal at the end of the school year after accepting a position as Superintendent of Dighton-Rehoboth schools.

The search for his replacement is underway and will take on a massive responsibility.

“The transition to a high school this big is difficult enough,” Runey said. “If you’re also doing that in the midst of a move to a new building, it’s very, very challenging. I’m excited about helping the new person transition, but it is bittersweet for me.”

The open house will take place Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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