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September 5, 2013

'A completely different world'

Students gush over renovated Danvers High School


The town seal is visible on the terrazzo flooring outside the main office.

“It’s worth it to see their faces; it’s really worth it,” said Danvers High Principal and Assistant Superintendent Sue Ambrozavitch of the students’ reactions to the building.

Students said they were thankful the project was done, and done so well.

Senior Ryan Chasse began his high school career in the former Dunn Wing of Danvers High, a 1970s building that acted as swing space while half the high school was renovated. Students had to navigate a hodgepodge of old and new spaces and corridors to go to class. That wing was eventually torn down.

“It’s been a big transition these last three years,” Chasse said. “I think it’s absolutely gorgeous; it’s one of the nicest schools I’ve ever been to. Everything is easily accessible, student wing, teachers wing, classes. Everything is very good; I like it a lot.”

Chasse likes the new cafeteria, entrance and student cafe in the lobby.

“We walk into school, and it’s like a hotel every morning,” he said.

Senior James Nestor also appreciates being in a modern school instead of the old Dunn Wing.

“It feels more like a community than the last one,” Nestor said.

Senior Jonathan Davis appreciates the new cafeteria with open seating, televisions on the wall, high-top tables and charging stations for electronics.

“Beautiful, big, spacious, easy to get around,” said teacher Mike Powers, who as a former selectman helped oversee the construction as a member of the town’s Design/Construction Advisory Committee.

Superintendent Lisa Dana said there are still some punch-list items to finish up, including hydroseeding of a new lawn.

A formal opening ceremony is planned for late October.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.





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