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The community can see the new Watertown High School during a ceremony and open house at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 20. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

WATERTOWN -- It has been nearly two years since Wilson County School officials held up their shovels to break ground on the new Watertown High School – and on Sunday, the finished product will be revealed.

The community is invited to check out the new state-of-the-art facility on Sunday at 2 p.m. for a Presentation of the Keys.

The monumental day in Watertown history has finally arrived and Principal Jeff Luttrell couldn’t be more pleased. The Wilson Post caught up with him on Wednesday while workers were busy cleaning the building.

“We had a K-8 school that was maxed out. We have to build for the future,” he said of the growth in the school system. “This allows us to use the former high school building for Watertown Middle School and free up that K-8.”

Two of the new school features that Luttrell is most excited about is the theater, which will seat 750 compared to the former theater which sat 350. He is also eager for the Purple Tigers Basketball team to play in the new gymnasium. “It was time for an upgrade,” he said.

“Before this school was built we never had our own baseball field. This project has been great because we have gotten ahead of the growth. This building will be taking care of us for years.”

Luttrell has been principal of WHS for the past eight years and taught at WHS for seven years prior to that. Originally from Kentucky, Luttrell earned his degree in Education from Cumberland University.

An article in the Nov. 29, 2013 edition of The Wilson Post said the school, which will house grades 9-12, can accommodate up to 900 students in the 195,000 square-foot building.

The school offers 31 classrooms, three science labs and three shops and can hold a capacity of 1,000 students.

Heating and cooling for the school will be through the use of 192 geothermal wells, some 500 feet deep in the ground.

The new WHS was designed by KBJM Architects, and the contractor was RG Anderson Company.   

Groundbreaking for the $40 million school project was held Sept. 18, 2012. It is located near the intersection of Highway 70 and Neal Road at 9360 Sparta Pike.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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