New high school coming to Hueytown

HUEYTOWN, AL (WBRC) - For years, a new high school has been the talked about in Hueytown.  Wednesday, that talk turned to action.  Hundreds turned out for the school's groundbreaking ceremony, including Dr. Joe Morton.  Morton is the state superintendent of education.  However, years ago, folks in this town knew him simply as Joe.  "I graduated from Hueytown High in 1964.  It's a great day," Morton said.

The 287-thousand square foot building will be state of the art, including 50 classrooms, 10 to 12 labs and two gymnasiums.  The 37.2-million dollar price tag will be paid off through the Jefferson County one cents sales tax.  The building is slated to be finished in 2 years and that would mean sophomore Ryan Harrison's class would be the first to graduate from the school.  "It's a great opportunity," Harrison said smiling from ear to ear.  "We're looking forward to it."  Parent Lyn Nail echoed his thoughts.  "This has uplifted the community," Nail said.  "We have smart kids.  For them to have a new school with an advanced facility is exciting to us."

Jefferson county superintendent Phil Hammonds says a new high school sends a message in terms of tough times.  "Today the tone everyone set was positive.  We must keep our eyes on the future and moving forward and serving our students"