If a couple of North Augusta High School students wanted to meet up at a particular place in the hallways of the school’s new addition, you might here one say to another, “I’ll see you at the intersection of Watson and Gault.”
The halls are named after members of the school’s Hall of Fame, much as city streets are named for famous figures in government, business or entertainment.
The school is for the students, but small touches acknowledge the importance of the teachers, administrators and coaches.
The science wing, for example, is named for Dorothy K. Flanagan “for her 56 years of exemplary service as a leader educator, frend and mentor…”
Known affectionately as “Flannie,” she taught science, chaired North Augusta High School’s science department and Honors Day event, sponsored the Science Club and was named Teacher of the Year.
There’s a plaque beside each current teacher’s classroom door, with his or her name and college — a reminder for the students about where high school could take them.
“I think it’s absolutely wonderful,” said City Councilwoman Pat Carpenter, who once walked the halls at NAHS as a student. “It makes you proud to be a Yellow Jacket from North Augusta.”
Carpenter and Councilman Fletcher Dickert were among those who attended a dedication ceremony and tour Sunday. Board of Education member Levi Green was there too, and said the addition is a “21st century educational facility.”
A $236 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2010 funded construction at NAHS, Leavelle McCampbell Middle, Ridge Spring-Monetta elementary and middle schools and a new Area 5 middle school. It also is paying for renovations at Aiken High and the Aiken County Career and Technology Center.
In June, North Augusta celebrated the completion of the school’s Math and Business Wing, a 45,610-square-foot, two-story facility, with seven business labs downstairs and three groups of paired science classrooms with labs and prep rooms on the second floor.
On Sunday, it marked the addition of a 124,095-square-foot facility with classrooms, a Freshman Academy, media center, dining room and guidance area.