Lee High School celebrates renovation with ribbon cutting

Lee High School celebrates renovation with ribbon cutting

Called “oldest newest high school in City”

One of Duval County’s oldest schools, Robert E. Lee High, 1200 McDuff Ave. S., celebrated the completion of its $35 million renovation project with a ribbon cutting on Sept. 23.

Cutting the ribbon: Tommy Hazouri, former Duval County Public Schools board member; Dr. Denise Hall,  former principal; Dr. Nikolai Vitti, DCPS superintendent; Becki Couch, DCPS board vice chair and District 6 representative; Paul Soares, chief operating officer, and Dean Ledford, principal of Lee High School

Cutting the ribbon: Tommy Hazouri, former Duval County Public Schools board member; Dr. Denise Hall, former principal; Dr. Nikolai Vitti, DCPS superintendent; Becki Couch, DCPS board vice chair and District 6 representative; Paul Soares, chief operating officer, and Dean Ledford, principal of Lee High School

Renovation of the 110,000 square-foot, three-story, historic classroom building originally built in 1927 was performed by Ajax Building Corporation and Danis Construction. The project include the addition of a two-story cafeteria, music suite, and field house with concession area; conversion of existing girls locker room to the boys locker and weight room; new 2,400 square-foot girls locker room; new central energy plant; improved storm drainage; refurbished football field and resurfaced track.

In addition, Robert E. Lee’s campus was brought up to current DCPS technological standards with the addition of multiple computer and science labs and state-of-the art theater lighting and sound.

All students were kept on campus by creating a “modular campus” on the old football field during the renovations. This allowed the school to maintain 100 percent occupancy throughout the project.

The school was dedicated to Robert E. Lee on his birthday, January 19, 1928.

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