Mayor Richard M. Daley joined Alderman Lona Lane (18th Ward) today at a ceremonial ground breaking marking the start of construction for the Southwest Area High School located at 7651 S. Homan Avenue in the Ashburn Community on the southwest side.
“South West High School is another new neighborhood school that we know will become a strong anchor in the Ashburn Community. These groundbreakings reflect our ongoing commitment to build and improve schools all across Chicago. It will help us ensure that the dreams of our children won’t be deferred,” said Mayor Daley.
Scheduled to open in fall 2012, this new school is designed to serve 1,200 students and is expected to alleviate enrollment challenges at nearby Bogan High School, Gage Park High School, Hancock High School and Hubbard High School.
The Modern Schools Across Chicago Initiative is fully funded by City money.
The new state-of-the-art high school will be a 3-story, 200,000 square foot facility with steel frame and masonry construction. Along with 26 standard academic classrooms, the school will feature science and computer labs, visual arts and performing arts classrooms, a gymnasium, a natatorium with 6-lane pool, kitchen and dining facilities, a library/media resource center, a distance learning lab and a high-tech computer network.
The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at www.pbcchicago.com.