HOLLADAY, Utah -- The front doors of a brand new high school building will open Monday, and 1,500 Olympus High School Titans will enter a new era for the school.
Josh Leroy, Olympus High School assistant principal, said the old school building, while wonderful, was deemed unsafe.
"Our old school was great,” he said. “It was well maintained; it just wasn't safe anymore. The earthquake standards have changed. The building was starting to have some issues in those regards, so they wanted to come in and build a beautiful new building."
The old school was built in 1953, but now the floorboards have been pulled up. Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Barnes said some alumni are taking pieces of history home with them.
"I think they tried to sell a few memorable pieces for a few alumni or those who wanted to buy a little piece of the floor,” he said.
Barnes said the school will be fondly remembered.
"There’s sixty years of history here, so, you know, a lot of people that have a lot of pride and care about this school want some memorabilia from it, so it'll be interesting how it all shakes out,” he said.
The new building has plenty of space for the current students, and it has room to grow. Those students will be in a building wired for future technology—but it remains in the same place the Olympus Titans have occupied since the beginning, which Leroy said is something that matters a lot.
“We have a lot of students in our building who are second and third generation Olympus students, and so for them to still have the building here in the neighborhood where it matters is one of the biggest things,” he said.
Now that the teachers and students have moved into the new building, the doors will be opened to the public, so they can see the new building. An open house will be held on Wednesday April 17 at 6:30 at the new school building.