‘It’s awe-inspiring’: Army Command take tour of new Junction City High School

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. — Command Sergeant Major of the Fort Riley 1st Infantry Division Raymond Harris toured the new Junction City High School as led by Hutton Construction on Friday, alongside Geary County Schools USD 475 officials, Board of Education members, and members of the Fort Riley community.

Harris and the other visitors were able to see the progress made of the $129 million, 437,000 square foot project since its groundbreaking in April of 2019, as well as learn about the unique academia the high school offers with the four career academies: Freshman Success Academy, Fine Arts and Human Services Academy, Business Information and Technology Academy, and Science Engineering and Technology Academy. The four academies offer 15 different career paths to the students.

“You can see how students will flourish in here. It lends to socializing and collaboration,” Harris said. “Being able to have this type of facility that’s open, that lends to learning, I think will really spark the education passion for our students.”

Simon shows Harris the layout of the new school.

Board of Education members David Walker and Jim Schmidt accompanied Harris on the tour, alongside Scott Stuckey, civilian aid to the Secretary of the Army.

“It’s really awe-inspiring,” Harris said. “Our military students will definitely benefit from this, but the benefit’s not just for them. It’s for every child that’s going to come to this high school.”

There are around 300 workers on-site during the week working to finish the building, which will hold 1,800 students, according to Cody Simon, general superintendent with Hutton Construction.

“I would like to acknowledge Sergeant Major Harris for taking time from his schedule to join us on this tour,” the district’s Chief Operations Officer David Wild said.

The high school is estimated to be completed in August.

For inquiries, please contact Lindley Lund, Marketing and Media Specialist for Geary County Schools USD 475, at lindleylund@usd475.org.