The community rallied to attend an energetic public grand opening and ribbon cutting last week for the new Destin High School (DHS). This is the first new high school to open in Okaloosa County, Fla., in more than 50 years. A welcoming ceremony included lively cheers by the new Varsity cheerleaders, speeches by the DHS Governing Board, Destin Mayor Jarvis, Buddy Runnels, and an amazing a Capella performance of the National Anthem by DHS student, Bird Hinze, a junior.
Incoming students, Principal Christine Cruickshank, teachers, the school’s shark mascot, and VIPs participated in a ribbon cutting. Guests then toured the new facility and enjoyed a celebratory After Party with music and refreshments on the school campus.
Dr. Prebble Ramswell, President of the DHS Governing Board, commented, “After a five-year journey dedicated to opening a high school in Destin, our Board is beyond excited to have this community dream become a reality. We are thrilled to see the doors now open! Of course, none of this would have happened without the support of the community, and we thank them.”
In addition to offering advanced and state-mandated core curriculum, DHS will utilize a place-based approach to learning that will take advantage of the local geography, industry, and community. This will allow the school to offer additional unique curriculum opportunities through authentic, meaningful, and engaging personalized learning for their students.
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