hanby middle

113-year-old middle school building in Oregon gets an upgrade

Jan. 11, 2023
Hanby Middle School in the Central Point (Ore.) District was constructed in 1910.

The Central Point (Ore.) District has completed a $3.5 million renovation of the 113-year-old building that houses one of its middle schools.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that the upgrades at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill, Ore., include additional classrooms, improved security and a relocated media center. The renovation is the latest project to be completed under the district’s $82 million bond approved in 2019.

The facility was originally Gold Hill High School and graduated its first class in 1910. It was renamed Hanby Junior High in 1955, and in 1991, it became Hanby Middle.

The building was updated in 2003, the last time voters approved a bond. A new wing, called the “2003 building,” was added to the school.

The 2019 bond initially did not include funds to renovate the 1910 Hanby building, but the district decided subsequently to use a combination of bond funding, federal pandemic relief funds and a state-funded seismic rehabilitation grant to carry out the improvements.

The first floor, which houses a dual-immersion class, lockers and a clinic, probably received the fewest renovations. These include a dividing wall and a fresh coat of paint.

The second floor was reconfigured, placing the main office near the front of the building and a new vestibule to beef up security. The area where the front office had been is now a media center.

The third floor, which had been used for storage, has four new classrooms and one office. 

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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