CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Students, parents and community members joined Department of Defense Education Activity and military officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Humphreys Middle/High School and Humphreys Central Elementary School, April 24, in the HM/HS auditorium.
Guest speakers for the event were Lt. Gen. Bernard Champoux, Eighth Army commanding general, and Thomas M. Brady, the recently appointment DoDEA director. Before the ribbon cutting, guided tours were provided at the elementary school and tours of HM/HS and a short reception were offered following the ceremony. The opening of the new middle/high school in January followed the opening of Humphreys Central Elementary School, in August 2013, and the groundbreaking for a new middle school, in November 2013. The middle/high school configuration is temporary, as the new middle school under construction is scheduled to open for school year 2015-16. Once open, all middle school students will attend the there and the current high school will revert to grades 9-12. Two additional elementary schools are scheduled to open by school year 2017-18, which will provide an end-state enrollment capacity of 4,675 for all Department of Defense schools located here. These contemporary educational facilities will help students and educators maximize learning opportunities for decades to come. In addition to modern classrooms and state-of-the-art technology associated with newly-built schools, HMHS features a performing arts auditorium, digital video studio, and LEED Silver level sustainable design features. -- U.S. Army photos by Steven Hoover