Ever since Lancaster High School was built in 1993, people in the community felt like it was backward.
“They told me, 'oh, it was some reason it was built, that it was backward,'” Lancaster High School Principal Rosalyn Mood said. “I mean, I have no idea, but that’s been the story all along.”
She's not so sure why it was built that way, but she knows that the main entrance has always been difficult to find. What most people thought was the front side of the building, which was actually the back side, faces Woodland Drive.
Construction on an addition to the Woodland Drive side of the school began last year and is expected to be complete by the first day of school on Aug. 20.
“This is obviously on the main stretch, which will obviously be much easier to find,” Mood said.
The addition moves the main entrance to the former backside of the school. The previous entrance on Normandy Drive will now be converted into more classroom space.
“This space will allow us to do some things that we couldn’t do in the old building,” Mood said. “And kids won’t have to go up ‘the hill,’ as we call it, to class.”
Not only was the addition a way to flip the long-time confusion in the community, but Superintendent Jonathon Phipps says the students deserved an upgrade. This comes as two new schools are built in the Indian Land portion of the county.
“Just because you live in one corner of the county doesn’t mean your facilities are nicer than everywhere else," Phipps said. "We’re trying to make it as uniform as we can. We aren’t perfect, but we’re trying.”
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