Athletic Facilities Getting Upgrades At Northeast
By John Singleton
Living through a major renovation can test the patience of even the most steadfast. Between the chain link fences and parking hassles, its hard to see the silver lining behind all the gray clouds of drywall dust. For sports fans at Northeast High School, however, the improvements to the athletic complex are going to be worth the wait.
The renovation project at Northeast is truly going to benefit our athletic program by having state of the art facilities and the best of the best in new construction, stated Athletic Director Ken Miller. Our students travel throughout the county playing at other schools with great facilities compared to what we have. Its nice to see our students getting what they deserve in a high school. I believe it will give a renewed sense of pride to our school.
The $70 million dollar project that promises 140,000 square feet of new academic and athletic facilities at the Pasadena high school is going to transform the look and feel of the campus. The new turf field is scheduled to be unveiled for the 2012-13 season meaning gridiron junkies will only miss one season of home football games. The 2011-12 season will feature all NHS games scheduled at rival fields.
The lessons learned on the athletic field can be extremely valuable, explained Northeast High School Principal Kathy Kubic. Its a place our young people build character, learn humility and practice sportsmanship. Were very excited about the opportunities our new facilities will offer.
Phase One of the construction process, slated for completion in spring 2012, promises a new art wing, a new cafeteria and a new technology wing. The new art wing contains a three-dimensional art room, kiln, and digital photography studio. The new technology wing includes a metal shop, and a wood shop.
Im really excited about the turf field and other new facilities, added freshman Ashley Neighoff. My class will be the first to see the whole school redone.
Sports fan will have to wait until Phase Two of the renovation, scheduled for completion in the winter 2013, before the old cafeteria is transformed into a state-of-the-art gymnasium. When all is said and done Northeast will be getting a brand new gymnasium, stadium, softball field and tennis courts.
With a tradition of athletic excellence, including producing alumni like Katie McGahagan who plays basketball for Salisbury University, Glynn Davis who signed with the Baltimore Orioles organization last year, and softball standout Jill Mullan of Shippensburg University, the new athletic facilities at Northeast are sure to raise the schools profile to new levels.
In the coming months 100% of the NHS buildings will be touched by new construction, so it will never look quite like this again. summarized Principal Kathy Kubic. We are excited about making plans to educate future generations of Northeast students both in the classroom and on the athletic field.