Aviation High School Breaks Ground in Seattle

by nph | August 24th, 2011

A rendering of the new Aviation High School

A rendering of the new Aviation High School

August 24, 2011

The nation’s first aviation-themed high school, which was founded in 2004, broke ground Monday on a new $43.5 million dollar campus at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.

“Today’s groundbreaking represents a giant step forward in securing the future of Aviation High School,” said AHS Principal Reba Gilman. “We have dreamed of having a permanent home on a campus such as this one at The Museum of Flight. We could not be more thrilled to partner with the Museum, whose mission mirrors our own—to inspire and prepare students to pursue education and career pathways in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to fulfill the critical gaps in our nation’s workforce.”

The last seven years the school has worked out of two temporary locations, most recently in Des Moines, Washington. There all subjects are taught in the context of aviation. The focus, however, stays on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“We are honored to welcome Aviation High School to our campus at The Museum of Flight,” said Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King. “We have always been committed to educating the next generation of great aviation and aerospace pioneers, serving over 140,000 students a year through our education programs. This partnership allows us to continue this great effort and inspire these engineers of the future.”

The new school is due to open in 2013.

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