NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A grand opening celebration was held Tuesday for KIPP Academy Nashville in its newly renovated building.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean along with Metro School Director Dr. Jesse Register and KIPP officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting at the Historic Highland Heights building on Douglas Avenue.
The building will house KIPP's middle school and its new high school, which started this year with a class of ninth graders.
It includes classrooms, science and computer labs, as well as a music classroom with a recording studio. It also has a group instruction area for large educational activities, as well as a new cafeteria.
Highland Heights will also be home to the regional offices for KIPP Academy of Nashville.
In addition to being a place to learn, the building will also be available for community meetings for the Highland Heights community.
KIPP had to relocate over the last two school years due to the construction at the building, which was originally built in 1935 and underwent its last renovation in the 1980s. KIPP began using part of the building in 2005 with part of the building closed off to students due to disrepair.
The 92,465-square-foot facility includes 57,594 square feet of new space and 34,871 square feet of existing space that was completely gutted and renovated.
The building was vacant for several years prior to KIPP's lease.
Metro Schools provided the building to Metro Government, which invested $19.6 million in its expansion and renovation. It was designed and built to meet LEED Silver certification standards.