McNair Junior High School Ceremony Marks a New Beginning in Education

McNair Junior High School celebrated its new facility with a ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, July 26, with hundreds in attendance to get a glimpse of the new building.  McNair Junior High is co-located on the same campus with the new Jemison High School, providing a combined total of 332,000 total square feet of space, state-of-the-art technology, security, and audio visual systems, and a gymnasium that is also a storm shelter.

Special guest speaker, Carl McNair, said that his brother Ron’s life “offers indisputable proof that humble beginnings are no insurmountable barrier for individuals who are willing to commit themselves to hard work, a big dream, and a well prepared mind.”  Carl McNair adding that “all of our children need to be encouraged. We need to see the possibility, every one of them.”  He also looks forward to “ the teachers, the principal, the parents and the Huntsville community all working together to lead this school to becoming a school of excellence.”

Huntsville School Board President Laurie McCaulley noted that this is yet another step in the rebuilding of North Huntsville, but “it’s more than just building buildings. It’s about building a better future for our children.”

Superintendent, Dr. Casey Wardynski talked about the inspiration that Dr. Ronald McNair provides all of us and how education was his foundation. “He took great risks to expand the frontiers of knowledge.  He paid the ultimate price so that each of us could learn more about the galaxy and the world in which we live and so our students could have a better future.”  Wardynski added that the kids who enter this school should “take a look at Dr. McNair; take a good look at his smile and the gleam in his eye and the things he could see in the future.  He didn’t know you as individuals, but he knew what you could do… that your futures are unlimited.”

Students will start their first day of school in the new building on August 3rd.

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