After more than $10 million in “green” renovations, the revamped Madison Middle School was dedicated Wednesday.
The school, which operated as Madison High School from its construction in 1953 to 1986, has been overhauled from top to bottom. Students attended classes at Ewing Park Middle School during the 2009-10 school year.
Some of the key improvements include a two-story, glass-encased lobby, enlarged cafeteria and new kitchen, a floating ceiling in the library and all classrooms and a new energy efficient heating and cooling system.
Once all renovations are complete, Madison middle will be eligible for LEED Silver certification.
“The re-opening of the former Madison High School building, now the home of Madison Middle School, is a dream come true for the entire Madison Community,” Nancy Meador, principal of Madison Middle School said in a release. “We have focused on combining the spirit and pride of the past with high expectations for academic achievement and character development for the children we now serve.”
More than 600 students attended the high school that housed grades 7-12. Madison was named after Madison Stratton, one of three sons of Thomas Stratton, who settled on the school’s land in the 1840’s. The school closed as a high school in 1986.