This article is about the new high school being built in Fairport in 1968. At that time the number of students in the district was 5,800. Today that number is about 5,900. There was grown over the years but most school populations have been decreasing as families are getting smaller in the US.
The Edward’s store in downtown Rochester closed in 1972. There were suburban stores that were sold off and lasted into the early to mid 1980s.
Wednesday, July 17, 1968
Break Ground For New School
One more significant event in the developing Fairport Central School District took place on Wednesday, July 10, 1968, with the official ground-breaking ceremony for the new high school on Ayrault Road.
Approved by district voters last November, this 1500 pupil school has been in the planning for many months with consideration given for details and ideas suggested by the present faculty who recommended new teaching aids and techniques as well as the inclusion of the traditional.
The school itself will have a library, cafeteria, two art rooms, two music rooms, swimming pool and gymnasium facilities, two large-group instruction rooms, and an auditorium seating 1000. Two separate wings, called Houses will contain 16 classrooms each for 750 pupils who will share the use of the specific facilities. The houses will be used for basic academic subjects will keep the atmosphere of a small school, yet have the advantage of the use of special facilities which would be expensive to duplicate in separate buildings.
The 50 acre tract of land will allow adequate development of athletic fields. Provision also has been made for future expansion of the building itself to accommodate enrollment as it increases with growth of the district. The conservation estimated enrollment of the district for this fall is 5800, approximately 600 more than one year ago. This trend is expected to continue with development of new housing throughout the town of Perinton.
The LeCesse Corporation was low bidder for General Contractors. Thomas McKay has been named Clerk of the Works.