ALBANY — Officials at Monroe High School will host an open house Friday to show off the nearly completed new school to alumni, students’ families and the community.

And while work on the $35 million Phase II project is ongoing, it doesn’t take a visitor long to figure out that this ain’t your daddy’s Monroe High.

The community is invited to get a sneak peek at the school’s new academic wing and expansive gymnasium, which were the focuses of the newly renovated parts of the school.

Among the highlights of the new Monroe structure are a 30-classroom academic wing that will be open when students return from the Christmas/New Year’s break and a gymnasium complex, which is expected to open in early spring.

In addition to touring the new facilities, alumni, students and staff will be able to sign the gym floor before the final wood surface is installed in the next few weeks.

“Signing the floor gives Monroe supporters and staff a tangible, meaningful role in the progress we see happening at the school,” Dougherty County School System spokesman J.D. Sumner said Tuesday. “One hundred years from now, when Monroe gets another gym renovation, generations of Golden Tornadoes will be able to see how the community rallied together to show their support for the school.”

Sumner added that, all told, the $35 million project is the most significant investment into any one Dougherty County school in decades and is designed to give the students and staff at Monroe the tools they need to succeed academically and athletically.

The academic wing will be open for visitors from 1-2 p.m., and the new gym will be open from 2-5 p.m.

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