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NHCS Holds Ribbon-Cutting and Dedication Ceremony
for Laney High School’s New Gymnasium and Media Center

New Hanover County Schools celebrated the opening of the new Laney High School gymnasium and media center on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. New Hanover County Board of Education members, New Hanover County Commissioners, district administrators, Laney faculty, staff, PTA, alumni, and students participated in the ceremony. Many thanks were extended to the taxpayers of New Hanover County who approved the 2014 Bond Referendum that made these and other new school facilities possible.

The ceremony began with a welcome from Laney Principal Sharon Dousharm and included remarks from the dignitaries, including Board Chairman Edward B. Higgins. Doug Sherwood, of Sawyer, Sherwood & Associate Architecture, presented details about the new facilities. Athletic Director Fred Lynch gave a brief history of the gym including the times when Laney’s most famous alumnus, Michael Jordan, played in the old gym. Laney choral students provided entertainment through songs. The event concluded with guided tours of both the gym and the new media center. A reception followed the program.

New Gymnasium

Laney’s new state-of-the-art gymnasium seats 1,600 people and is 20,460 square feet. The gym features:

  • 2 new boys team rooms and 2 new girls team rooms
  • 1 renovated boys locker room and 1 renovated girls locker room
  • 1 Athletic Director’s office with a new workspace
  • 2 Coaches offices with 2 new workspaces
  • 2 classrooms
  • A new lobby with a concessions area and public restrooms
  • The Nike/Michael Jordan Jump Man logo on center court
  • The total cost of gymnasium construction is $7,697,464.18.

New Media Center

The new state-of-the-art media center totals 11,100 square feet and features:

  • 2 new study rooms
  • 1 testing/accommodations room
  • 1 makerspace room, which is a room for students to create hands-on, 3-D projects, such as printing, sewing, and soldering. The room has a sink and built-in casework to store materials and supplies.
  • 1 workroom
  • A café/lounge seating area
  • WiFi points throughout, which enable students to access the technology they need to complete homework, special assignments, and projects.
  • The total cost of media center construction is $2,717,857.

Laney operates on the traditional school calendar and will officially open for the 2017-2018 academic year on Monday, August 28, 2017. For more information, please contact the NHCS Public Relations Division at 910-254-4245.



Posted: 08/23/17