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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, which voters approved in February 2016, 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.


Groundbreaking celebration launches construction

From behind a row of shovels standing in dirt, a student speaking with audience seated behind and in front.Construction of the new and improved Albany High School officially got underway April 14 at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the start of the project’s first phase.


Elected officials, community leaders, students, parents and residents joined City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, Board of Education President Sue Adler, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan and others to mark the event on a chilly spring afternoon.


“As we break ground today on the first phase of our comprehensive project to expand and rebuild Albany High School, it is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made, and to rejoice in anticipation of all of the progress still to come,” Adams said. “For Albany High School. For all of our students. And for our entire community.”


Voters approved the project in February 2016. Construction and renovations will take place in four phases. Plans call for the project to be fully finished in 2024. Phase I – a new three-story, 120,000-square-foot academic building – will be completed for the start of the 2019-20 school year.


“The school will be stunning. Our children and community deserve this fine facility, and we are thankful to our entire community for supporting this project,” Adler said. Please visit our District News section to read more about the groundbreaking. You can also view this video to revisit the event.


Community presentations provide Phase I construction updates

Before the City School District of Albany broke round on the first phase of the Rebuilding Albany High School construction project April 14, the district scheduled opportunities for community members to learn more about construction of Phase I. The district scheduled three presentations and also partnered with Albany Common Council members on another presentation that was held at the school for residents living closest to Albany High:

  • March 1 -- Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point Elementary School, 7 p.m. Download the presentation.

  • March 12 -- Albany High School PTSA meeting, Albany High library, 6 p.m. Download the presentation.

  • March 20 -- Forum for residents of the 11th and 13th wards, Albany High auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Download the presentation.

  • April 14 -- Rebuilding Albany High School Community Forum, Albany High auditorium, noon.

MWBE/Workforce Development

Rebuilding Albany High at a glance

Beginning in April, new construction will include a three-story academic building behind the school as the major element of Phase I. Future construction phases will include a new building for art and music classrooms. The school’s open courtyard also will be enclosed in subsequent phases.


Renovations throughout the seven-year project will include a complete makeover of the current three-story academic wing, which will include space for career and technical education programs currently housed three blocks away at Abrookin Career and Technical Center.


Other renovations will include completely replacing the school’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, adding a new 200-seat balcony to the auditorium and creating new space for physical-education classes, including jogging lanes in the main gym.


The fully renovated and rebuilt facility will expand the size of the current building by about 50 percent. Today’s Albany High building, including Abrookin, encompasses about 378,000 square feet; the new and improved Albany High will add about 250,000 square feet of new space.

Rebuilding Albany High School will mean hundreds of construction jobs to our community over a seven-year period. The district is committed to helping City of 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. Click here to download a brochure focused on workforce development.


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. Click here to download a brochure focused on MWBE opportunities.


You also can download a list of Frequently Asked Questions.


The district held three community workshops in November and December 2017, and January 2018. You can click here to download the presentation from those workshops. For individuals, the workshops covered the requirements to qualify for union apprenticeships, and also offered workforce training resources and information, including OSHA and TASC (formerly GED) information. For MWBE firms, the workshops covered opportunities for MWBE-certified businesses, and the steps necessary to qualify your company as an MWBE.


If you have any questions about MWBE or workforce development opportunities in general, please contact Facilities Planner Ben Marra at


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Rebuilding Albany High School updates

January 2018: The district's architectural partner, CS Arch, presented an update on the project at the Jan. 18 Board of Education meeting. The presentation provided updates on the timeline for the four phases of the project, beginning with groundbreaking of the first phase in the spring of 2018 and ending with occupancy of the fully rebuilt and renovated building in the fall of 2025. The project's first phase, including a new three-story academic building at the back of Albany High, will be ready for the start of the 2019-20 school year.


August 2017: The district's architectural partner, CS Arch, presented an update on the project at the Aug. 31 Board of Education meeting.


May 2017: The district celebrated the completion of the Albany High School pool renovations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 10. The pool had been out of service since a large section of the outside wall collapsed during a period of extreme cold in March 2015. Two months later, voters approved a tax-free referendum to fully renovate the pool building. That $4 million pool renovation was part of a $14 million package of repairs and upgrades at 14 district buildings that had no tax impact. That construction package was unrelated to the Rebuilding Albany High School project. With the pool project complete, Albany High's boys' and girls' swimming and diving teams returned to their home pool in the fall of 2017 for the first time in 2 1/2 years. The district also reinstated its Learn to Swim program for second-grade students in 2017-18; that program had been on hold while Albany High's pool was out of service.


November 2016: Architects presented the Board of Education with an updated design report. To date, designs call for:

  • Creating five equal-sized smaller-learning communities, or academies

  • Establishing a guidance and student-support suite in each academy with several computers available for student use

  • Moving the  library, or media center, to the front of the building

  • A new 2-story arts and music addition built adjacent to the existing auditorium.

    • For music, this includes:

      • A band/orchestra room for up to 125 students

      • A chorus room for up to 125 students

      • A recording studio that doubles as a classroom

      • Three individual practice rooms

      • One ensemble practice room

      • Access to the auditorium for band and orchestra practice

    • For visual and digital art, this includes

      • Three studio-art rooms

      • Two three-dimensional art rooms

      • One two-dimensional art room

      • Group spaces

      • A new media art lab

      • A TV production room

  • Creating a small theater/performance space that could seat approximately 150 (in addition to providing balcony seating that will be added to the current auditorium)

  • Revamping the athletics facilities, including:

    • Creating three gym stations in the main gymnasium

    • Creating two gym stations in the rubber gymnasium

    • Creating a new weight and fitness center with two gym stations

    • Building a new indoor track

    • Updating the dance studio and wresting room

  • Redesigning more efficient space for career and technical programs

  • Locating three nurses’ offices throughout the building

  • Adding three special-needs classrooms in addition to what was previously planned

  • Adding a third art classroom, a new media art lab and a TV production room

Click the highlighted text to see a summary presented by architects and the full schematic design report reviewed by the school board.


October 2016: The district began renovations on the high school’s pool facility. The pool had been out of service since a large section of the outside wall collapsed during a period of extreme cold in March 2015. Two months later, voters approved a tax-free referendum to fully renovate the pool building. The $4 million pool renovation was part of a $14 million package of repairs and upgrades at 14 district buildings that had no tax impact.


Summer 2016: The first order of business was replacing Albany High’s failing roof. Construction started and finished ahead of time. Also over the summer, architects met with faculty and staff to get more input on the renovation and rebuilding plans, which call for four phases of construction over a seven-year period. 

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