GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2013
(Washington D.C.) - Mayor Vincent C. Gray officially broke ground today on the site of the brand-new Ballou Senior High School. Joined by Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian J. Hanlon and members of the Ward 8 community, Mayor Gray celebrated the beginning of construction on the state-of-the-art facility.
“From its sustainable design features and impressive academic wing to the athletic facility, competition swimming pool, and state-of-the-art band room and auto tech lab, the new Ballou Senior High School will be in a class by itself,” Mayor Gray said. “This academic facility will serve not only the students, faculty, and staff, but it will also serve as a hub for the entire Ward 8 community.”
The design of the new Ballou Senior High School includes state-of-the-art classrooms on three floors. The academic wing will feature multiple group learning spaces where students and staff members can have study sessions, work on group assignments, or spend free time. The athletics wing will include a new gymnasium with an indoor running track, a competition swimming pool, locker rooms and fitness areas on two levels overlooking the new football stadium. A spacious two-story commons/cafeteria area will welcome students and visitors into the new high school.
“The incredible design and state-of-the-art features for the new Ballou Senior High School demonstrate this city’s commitment to our students, our educators and our school community,” said Henderson. “It’s an investment in the future of Ward 8 and the future of DCPS. I am very proud of what’s already happening and excited for what’s to come for the Ballou Knights!”
The new Ballou will also feature a high-tech band room equipped with recording equipment as well as a digital arts studio, culinary arts display kitchen, a state-of-the-art auto tech lab, and new performance theater.
“DGS is excited to begin construction of what will be an amazing educational facility,” said Hanlon.
The current Ballou facility will remain open until the new building is complete. After students are dismissed for the summer break in June 2014, they will return to a new Ballou Senior High School in August 2014.