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Rebuilding Albany High School

Investing in our students. Investing in our community. Investing in our future.

Construction is underway on a $179.9 million project to renovate and expand Albany High School. The project will add more than 250,000 square feet of new facilities and completely renovate the existing 378,000-square-foot complex. The project will expand the school's capacity to about 3,000 students; Albany High enrolls about 2,500 students currently and has run out of space to add new classrooms as the district's enrollment grows.


Phase 2 groundbreaking launches project's next step

The City School District of Albany marked the latest milestone in the Rebuilding Albany High School project June 1 with a groundbreaking celebration for the second phase of the project -- a two-story, 39,000-square-foot classroom building that will include art and music classrooms.


The new building, located along Washington Avenue extending east from the school, is scheduled to open for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Check out this Phase 2 glance for highlights.


"Our new art and music building will continue the transformation of Albany High School into New York’s most advanced – and, in my opinion – most spectacular high school," said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams.


The morning also included opportunities for families and community members to tour the Phase 1 construction site. The new three-story, 120,000-square-foot academic building that is the main element of Phase 1 is scheduled to open in January.


"As we break ground today on Phase 2 of our Rebuilding Albany High School project, and with the framework of Phase 1 rising behind me, it is an opportunity once again to look to the future with great enthusiasm," Adams said. To read more about the groundbreaking ceremony and tours, please visit our District News section.


Project phases

The project will be completed in four phases and is scheduled for completion in 2025.


Phase 1

Phase 1 began in April 2018. It consists primarily of a new three-story, 120,000-square-foot academic building in back of our school. It is scheduled to be ready in January 2020 (please note that this is a change from the original target completion date of fall 2019 due to delays caused by bad weather during the summer and fall, unforeseen conditions during excavation and unanticipated rubber-gym renovations).


Phase 1 also includes a new mechanical building in an area behind the auditorium and adjacent to the old Washington Avenue parking lot.


Phase 2

Phase 2 began in June. This will consist primarily of construction of another new academic building in the front of our school, in what is now the old Washington Avenue parking lot. That new two-story, 39,000-square-foot classroom building, extending east from the auditorium toward the athletic field, will be the home for art and music classrooms. It is scheduled to open for the start of the 2020-21 school year.


Phases 3 and 4 

The final two phases will include renovation of the auditorium, including the addition of a balcony, the addition of an elevated jogging track in the main gym, the enclosure of the courtyard, and a complete renovation of the current academic building to accommodate four academies on the top two floors and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs on the first floor.


The full project is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2025.


Project updates

While Albany High is moving through the daily and weekly routines of the school year, there is a lot going on as construction progresses on Phase I and planning moves ahead for the start of Phase II. To keep you updated on the progress, we are instituting project updates along with other periodic updates on construction and planning. Please follow the links below to read each update:

MWBE-Workforce Development

Rebuilding Albany High School will mean hundreds of construction jobs to our community over the full span of the project. The district is committed to helping Albany residents, and especially residents of color, acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to get these jobs, as well as other construction-related jobs throughout our community and region. The district also is committed to helping minority- and woman-owned businesses enterprises (MWBEs) be positioned to take advantage of these opportunities as well, both in the district and throughout the region and state.

Please visit our MWBE-Workforce Development page for more information.

Please follow the links below for more project updates beginning in 2016:
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