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Needham celebrates high school dedication

Posted by Kathryn Eident  June 1, 2009 10:20 AM

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Parents, students and officials gathered outside the High School's new main lobby to dedicate the new wing Sunday afternoon.

By Kathryn Eident
Globe Correspondent

It was a beautiful, if windy, day Sunday as nearly 100 residents and officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the newly-renovated High School with a brief outdoor ceremony.

School and town officials thanked residents for their support during a five year, $62 million construction process and celebrated both the town and the school’s future.

“This Needham High School facility has finally come to be, and the wait was worth it,” School Committee Chairman Joseph Barnes said. “We have well-lighted classrooms and state-of-the-art labs. The teacher-student interaction couldn’t take place in a better environment.”

The ceremony included brief speeches from students who expressed their relief that the construction is finished and excitement for all the school now has to offer.

“For the students and teachers the possibilities here at Needham High School are endless,” said NHS Student Council President and Senior Meg Kardok. “I never thought I’d say this but, I wish I was a freshman again.”

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The NHS Chorale sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the ceremony.

Rep. Lida Harkins and Sen. Scott Brown’s chief of staff were also on hand to celebrate and issue a citation from the State Senate commemorating the dedication.

“What unites us all is that this is a part of the 21st century,” Harkins said. “I’m glad to know that the town of Needham has thought enough of their children to put the thought and time into this.”

After the ceremony, residents had the opportunity to tour the school, view student art and multimedia exhibits, and listen to performances from choral and musical groups.

“It’s beautiful without being overdone,” Leslie Tillotson, the parent of a sophomore, said. “Like the cinderblocks in the gym. They’re painted nice colors—but it’s not the Taj Mahal.”

Jean and Ken Wellington, class of 1969, agreed, and remembered what it was like to go to school while the D and E wings of the school were being built. For the couple, it was fun to come back and see how the school has changed over the years.

“They did a really nice job,” Jean said. “It’s really a 21st century school.”


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Gleaming hallways greet students and residents alike upon entering the newly-completed High School.

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A sculpture exhibit, titled "Music of the Elements/Dance of Time" hangs in the lobby.

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The sculptures were inspired by students and created by sculptor Joy Wulke.

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Students have access to the lastest computer technology.

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A state-of-the-art fitness center.

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The media center allows students to create and edit their own TV shows.

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4 comments so far...
  1. I am the sister of Ken Wellington who was mentioned in the above article. I graduated Needham High in 1966 and we never had such digs. The world is a different place now.

    Posted by Ann Wellington-Lonergan June 1, 09 07:50 PM
  1. As a former NHS graduate (1970), I must say I'm impressed with the visuals, more specifically the new Media and Fitness Center. Having graduated back when the new Science/Math wing (now demolished) was a year old, I have high expectaions that the new NHS graduates will have more opportunities and experiences the old alumnae could have only dreamed. I am proud of the new school, proud to be an alumnus and hopeful for the future graduates of the wonderful town of Needham.

    Posted by Christine OConnor Spear June 2, 09 06:26 PM
  1. "Former NHS gradudate," Christine? Did they revoke your diploma?

    Posted by rpc June 5, 09 11:31 AM
  1. Ha Ha, should be former student, now alumnus. BUT, perhaps you should direct yourself towards the NHS English Department for some extra spelling work "gradudate!"

    Posted by cos June 8, 09 08:22 PM