Sep 22, 2016
Skyridge- Lehi's new High School kicks it off
On Monday August 22, 2016 Lehi opened the doors to their brand new High School to students for the first day of classes. Skyridge High School, the home of the Falcons, created a youtube channel called Skyridge, to document the beginning of a new Lehi school tradition. Below is one of their first videos, a Welcome to Skyridge High and recap of the first week of school:
Lehi, Utah has been experiencing such tremendous growth in new housing that Lehi schools are bursting at the seams.
In 2009, Westlake high, in Saratoga Springs was opened, which helped alleviate some of the crowding at Lehi high school. Even with that, Lehi high school’s attendance has been increasing by an average of 200 students per year.
Seeing the writing on the wall, the Alpine School District used a 2011 bond to put $56 million into building a new high school in Lehi. Ground was broken in the spring of 2014 and a little over 2 years later, the final construction was completed on August 4, 2016, just in time for the 2016/ 2017 school year.
Alpine School District allows the school’s first principle to have a leading hand in deciding the school name, colors, and mascot. Joel Perkins, the principle of Ridgeline, ran an online survey to get ideas from the students and community.
With more than 7000 responses, a committee narrowed down the feedback and gave future students 2 days to provide feedback. From there, Joel Perkins presented the most popular choices to the school board and Skyridge was chosen for the name, burnt orange and steel gray for the colors and the Falcon for the masqot.
The choices presented to the board were:
- Century Spartans
- Ridgepoint Falcons
- Ridgepoint Panthers
- Skyridge Falcons
- Skyridge Spartans
Skyridge will include 9th through 12th grade students and will take about half of the student body from Lehi high school. With the boundary adjustments, Lehi high was expected to begin school with 1400 students and ended up with 1800 registered. Skyridge high was expected to begin school with 2200 students and started the school year with 2350 students registered.
The debate was long and sometimes animated on where the boundaries for the new high school should go, but ultimately the board and community settled for boundaries outlined below.
With the incredible growth Lehi Utah and surrounding areas are experiencing in new housing, the Alpine board of Education has put together a 5 and 10-year growth plan which includes the construction of 9 new schools including a new high school, 2 new middle schools, 6 elementary schools and rebuilding Lehi High School and 3 elementary schools.
If they’re all as beautiful as Skyridge and open as seamlessly, these will be great additions to our local community.