Our Bozeman associates had the opportunity to tour the new Gallatin High School last week. We love a good field trip! The new high school has been in the works for many years and there have been several reports in the news, but you have to step inside to really understand the scope of the project. Huge thanks to Todd Swinehart, Director of Facilities for Bozeman Public Schools, for taking the time to give us a special tour. Here are some fun facts we learned about Gallatin High School:
Space & Capacity
Gallatin High School, home of the Raptors, is 300,000 square feet with 56 classrooms. Walking through the halls, it feels massive, but we were reminded that Bozeman High School will be a whopping 400,000 square feet after renovation. Gallatin High will open for fall 2020 with 900 9th, 10th and 11th graders and the school population can grow to 1,500 students. There is already an expansion plan in place to add 12 more classrooms for 300 more students when it becomes necessary.
There is a conscious effort to make Bozeman High and Gallatin High as similar as possible. However, one on-site amenity currently missing at BHS that GHS will have is a beautiful 750-seat auditorium. Music and drama classrooms adjoin the theatre making it a great space for students exploring the performing arts. BHS students, don’t fret, future renovations call for another 750-seat auditorium there as well.
The gym, with a 2,500 seating capacity, has a unique design with windows and glass walls to allow a view from the commons area and the second floor. The entire school features windows at any opportunity to allow as much natural light as possible.
Career Technical Education
Similar to Bozeman High, GHS has several wood and metal shops. These CTE programs provide hands-on experience and teach valuable career-focused skills.
No matter what school Bozeman area students attend, those kids are going to get a great education. We are proud of Bozeman School District and all of the schools in southwest Montana. We are privileged to live in areas where community members are invested in the education system. We live here and we love it here!
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