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Crowd celebrates construction of new high school


Ceremonial groundbreaking comes well after big rigs move many tons of dirt at South Cooper Mountain

TIMES PHOTO: ERIC APALATEGUI - Members of the Beaverton School District's board and administrative team, along with Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, make a show of digging some dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the site of Beaverton's newest high school. The real workhorse serves as a backdrop.With white ribbons tied to the shovels and acres of freshly moved dirt all around, no one in a large crowd that gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Beaverton’s next high school was under the illusion that the project wasn’t already racing along.

“It’s not often when I stand at a groundbreaking (ceremony) where we’ve already moved 350,000 yards of dirt,” said Wayne Drinkward, chief executive officer of Hoffman Construction, which is building the nearly $150 million campus on 47 acres in the South Cooper Mountain area.

He wasn’t the only one having a little fun at the occasion late Monday afternoon.

“I desperately want to drive this thing behind me,” said Jeff Rose, superintendent of the Beaverton School District, motioning to a massive earth-moving machine that can fill multiple dump trucks with one scoop of earth.

The high school is the single-largest project on a long list of new construction, improvements and technology upgrades funded with a $680-million construction bond measure voters approved in 2014.

The school, located at the intersection of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road, is scheduled to welcome its first students in September 2017.

The ceremony attracted everyone from elected dignitaries to young children still a decade away from graduation, as well as representatives from the district, Hoffman and Boora Architects.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said he was proud to have the school district as a partner in making Beaverton a better place to live.

“It’s a place where everybody cares about our kids and our future,” he said.

TIMES PHOTO: ERIC APALATEGUI - Cute kids in hard hats (not all of the hats balanced on top of heads) helped celebrate construction of the Beaverton School District's next high school at South Cooper Mountain.

TIMES PHOTO: ERIC APALATEGUI - This one piece of equipment can push several dump trucks' worth of dirt (or possibly a ceremony's worth of guests posing for a photo) in a single pass. It was idle during the groundbreaking ceremony but has been busy at the 47-acre high school site.

TIMES PHOTO: ERIC APALATEGUI - These design boards show different views of what the new high school in the South Cooper Mountain area will look like when it welcomes students in 2017.

TIMES PHOTO: JEFF ROSE - This will probably be on Beaverton Superintendent Jeff Rose's Facebook page. Rose seemingly wanted to be a construction worker in another life.

By Eric Apalategui
Beaverton Reporter
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