The only thing keeping the Hammond Central High School ribbon-cutting from absolute perfection, at least to School Board of Trustee Carlotta Blake-King’s mind, was not having Walter J. Watkins, the late superintendent, on the dais with the other dignitaries. There was still so much to love during the school’s official debut to teachers, students and the public Thursday afternoon.
It's official. Hammond Central High School is open and ready to welcome its first class of Wolves this fall. "It's a new beginning for all of us," said Principal David Verta. "It's an opportunity to start fresh, and we're just all excited about being able to provide our students everything they should have had for a long time now."
The School City of Hammond is celebrating the opening of the new $100 million Hammond Central High School on Thursday. The district closed its aging Clark, Gavit, and Hammond High schools at the end of the 2020-21 school year and redistricted students between Hammond Central and Morton High School.
The School City of Hammond is planning to return to full-capacity in-person learning for the first time since March 2020, but the district is taking a phased approach for masking. At the school board meeting Tuesday night, the district's 2021-2022 Return to Learn plan was approved unanimously. Students will be back in their buildings five days a week starting Aug. 18, the first day of school.
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