Jefferson High School and the El Paso Independent School District celebrated the completion of their new three-story campus Friday morning.
The new facility replaces the century-old building that served as the original site of Burleson School and later Jefferson High School, according to a press release from PISD.
The $36.6 million project will include a new weight room, a new Washington Park baseball field, an auxiliary sports hall, a new softball field and new parking lots, the press release said.
Episd Superintendent Diana Sayavedra said the updated buildings, classrooms and technology will provide students with new learning experiences.
“Some of you probably felt mixed emotions as you passed by the original school that served us for so long,” Sayavedra said. “As we modernize our schools to improve educational opportunities for our students, I assure you that we will not forget the importance of honoring the traditions near and dear to the silver foxes.”
Senior Jessie Chavez said the campus renovation was needed and the new projects made going back to school more exciting.
“I’m excited for the learning opportunities and memories these new Jefferson features will bring to the Foxes for years to come,” Chavez said.
El Paso County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego, a former student at Silver Fox, said it was bittersweet to see the old buildings he was walking through, but it’s an exceptional opportunity for students to have a new campus.
“I want to address the students who are here today. I know it’s a new building. I know it’s different. But I can tell you, don’t let go of tradition,” said Samaniego. “It’s a tradition to be a fox, a tradition to make sure you apply this idea of family values. This idea that we do things differently, we never do anything that disrespects the fact that you you’re a silver fox.”