"I like the commons area because were able to be in here when its hot and when its cold and with the old school we always had to stand outside, even when it was freezing outside," senior Jonshonique Taylor said.
The new Mansfield High is equipped with state of the art equipment... "smart boards", flat screens, and spacious computer labs.
Though educators are enjoying the new feel, they made it point to preserve history. Columns were saved from the original high school built back in 1927. Now theyll serve as the new trophy case.
"There were two buildings there. An elementary school and a high school and they tore these down for the highway and when they did, we tried to preserve as much as much as we could from that school," Principal David Rougeau said.
A new auditorium and gymnasium are also in the works. Once completed, more than a thousand people will be able to watch the Wolverines.
"Its gonna provide a place where the community can come in while we have events here," Rogeau continued.
Students tell us theyre greatful for the new school.
"The old school was falling apart and it was just really old and the ceilings were terrible," senior Jordan Miller said.
"With the classes and how many students were in one class it was very packed, and for us to have this which room, im glad we have this new school," senior Brandon Eckles said.
Phase two of contruction is set to begin in the next few days with work on the auditorium and gynasium. The whole project is expected to be finished by 2011.