BELGRADE — Belgrade High School is the only school in Montana to start as a Class C school and move up to AA.
“This building was first built in 1963 when we were Class C. It’s come to a point where we kinda needed to make a major change and bring everything into the modern educational era," Belgrade High School Principal Paul Lamb said.
Following the completion of a $25 million remodeling project, Belgrade High School celebrated with an open house for the community to show off the updates.
“We went from a 900 student capacity to a 1,200 student capacity,” said Lamb. “We have nice, wide hallways. Our older part of the building has smaller hallways, and they always felt crowded with students walking in between classes.”
The remodeling project brought 15 classrooms, a new gym an updated wrestling room abd a new cafeteria that can hold 500 people.
“Just like the space in general like having this new cafeteria or the new math classrooms upstairs, it just gives us a lot more room,” said Jayda Brown, a Belgrade High junior.
The art rooms, library and technical education classrooms also saw major updates.
“Kids this year are very excited about the new area. They are taking pride in their school. School spirit is kinda at an all time high right now,” said Lamb.
“To start here as a freshman and have construction going on the whole time and to see the end and see the whole ending and finish. It’s really cool,” said Brown.