Lourdes Enters a New Chapter in New Building

Posted at: 08/27/2013 7:31 PM
Updated at: 08/27/2013 7:33 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It was a historic day for students at Lourdes High School as they spend their first day of school in their brand new building. It's been more than seventy years since the students at Lourdes have stepped into a new building.

With new lockers to open, new halls walk through, this year's first day of school was the dawn of a new chapter for Lourdes High School.

"I always say cool beans, but this is way beyond cool beans," said Principal Dr. Joe O'Toole.

Interim principal Dr. O'Toole was excited to welcome the students to the new building.

"It's more special than just having a new building, we bring with us 70 plus years of history and tradition, and then there's the excitement to have all new also," said Dr. O'Toole.

The school started one new tradition right away. They are calling it convocation. A time every day where the entire school will join together to pray and share announcements. At their first student run session they blessed a cross made by the last graduating class from the old school.

Students plan to start many new traditions.

"convocation is our biggest new tradition, but then there's things like things in the lunchroom and that's all new," said student body president Sarah Hobday.

Along with the new traditions there are new experiences.

"It’s a new building so as a senior it’s kinds of a little weird because usually the seniors know the building the best," said Hobday.

With so much history behind them and so much to be thankful for the students are beyond grateful.

"I think it'll bring us closer as a school," said Grace Rodgers.

The sunrise over this new school brought a certain excitement for the future.

"What are these traditions going to look like, and what are we going to bring forward to make this our house," said Dr. O’Toole.

Another thing many of the students are appreciative of, air conditioning. The old school only had it in parts of the building.