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Harrison High Begins Its End

Jordan Whaley

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After a reign of 47 years, Farmington Public Schools has officially announced the closure of Harrison High School in the summer of 2019 due to multiple factors within the FPS community.

After speaking to Harrison’s staff much information was gathered on the end result of the student body and how HHS would keep its legacy. 

Assistant Principal Ms. Leach said, “The number one reason that Farmington Public Schools chose to close a high school is that our student enrollment is down.”

Just as any high school student it can be hard at times to want to expand your knowledge on something but not have the ability to do so due to low resources within your school and its community. Executive Director of Instructional Support Services Mr. Mainer uses this connection to explain HHS closing. 

“Have you run into the situation yet where you haven’t been able to get a class you’ve wanted?” Manier asked. “We think that when there’s more students in the school there’s a better opportunity to avoid those conflicts and students will get more of what they want.”  In a sense, the student body’s education will be enriched due to this closing and the merging of schools. 

As for the use of HHS’s actual building after the closing, the staff is still a little unsure on all the details. The district has formed a committee of people (community members, parents, former alumni, and current teachers) that have begun discussing ways of closing HHS with dignity.

One volunteer, a current teacher at HHS, Ms. Torres said, “We’re trying to figure out how we can keep all of the trophies and the awards and all of the things that Harrison is known for…how can we keep them viewable and seen by the community.”  

The community wants to have an HHS “museum” where the athletic and academic trophies will still be on display, as well as a place where former students and staff can come to purchase HHS spirit wear. Exciting news was given that no matter what the building is turned into, the name “Harrison” will still be embedded into the new name.

Although HHS is closing, it is clear that its legacy will last on. Let this be a happy experience because new beginnings bring great things. Remember, once a Hawk, always a Hawk.  

 

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