Washoe County opens first new high school in nearly 20 years


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The Washoe County School District is celebrating the opening of its first new high school in nearly 20 years.

The new Proctor R. Hug High officially opens on Aug. 15, but the community got its first look at the new campus during a ribbon cutting on Tuesday. 

The school will serve roughly 2,200 students and features the district's first in-house family resource center, a hub where the community can find information on additional wrap-around services. It also incorporates state-of-the-art design to increase energy efficiency and security. 

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Andrea Oviatt is a senior and student body president at Hug. She said the new facility will allow students to work on projects that weren't possible at the old campus. 

"The new campus is ... way, way bigger than the other one. This is all completely new to us, new tech, new buildings, new equipment, all stuff that we can use, freshly equipped. There's just so much we can do, and I'm so excited," she said.

Funding for the new campus was secured using WC1 money, a 2016 voter-approved tax increase dedicated to building and improving district facilities. 

The district plans to convert the old Hug High into a career and technical academy that is set to open in 2025.

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