claycomb associates Architects photo Mabank High School’s new building features a common area with a 24-foot-tall ceiling. The building is home to 25 regular classrooms and several specialized labs.

Mabank students will be getting more than a little red schoolhouse this year.

An on-site dedication for Mabank High School will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.

Mabank High School, located in Mabank on Highway 175, was completed earlier this year at a cost of about $33 million. The 210,000-square-foot building was planned by Dallas school designing firm Claycomb Associates Architects and built by Dallas company Charter Builders Ltd.

A $38 million bond proposal to build the high school and renovate other district facilities was passed by voters in 2005. About 75 percent of voters favored the bond.

The campus will be ready for students by the first day of school on Aug. 27. The two-story facility includes seven computer labs and eight science labs, in addition to 25 regular classrooms. Special purpose labs for art, fabric and food will be available, as will labs for special needs students.

The fine arts wing’s band and choir halls boast multiple practice rooms, and drama students will have access to a sophisticated theater area. The facilities include a 750-seat theater with advanced acoustics and appropriate lighting, dressing rooms and a "black box" theater.

The building also includes a competition gym with room to seat 1,500 and a P.E. gym with moveable seating. The campus is tied together by a foyer common area with a 24-foot-tall ceiling.

“The construction project went fantastic,” MHS Principal Thomas Wallis said. “It was probably the best experience you could have with an architectural firm. Claycomb Architects and Charter Builders did a great job.

Photographs of the campus are available on the MISD Web site at

Mabank ISD Superintendent Russell Marshall praised the new building in a statement issued by the district.

"This new facility sends a powerful message to students and the community that education is important here in the lake community," Marshall was quoted in the release.

Citizens Facilities Committee member Ed Busch, one of the group that spread information to the community about the project, voiced similar approval.

"A new high school is not just a building,” Busch was quoted in the statement. “It is an investment for the entire community. The overwhelming success of the bond issue vote demonstrates that our citizens believe that to be true."

Sunday’s 40-minute dedication program will include refreshments and musical entertainment by MISD bands. The dedication will be opened by MHS Principal Thomas Wallis. Busch will represent the Facilities Committee and MISD School Board President Gary Sapp will give remarks from the Board of Trustees.

The ceremony will be closed by Marshall, who will ask the audience to participate in the pledge of dedication. Afterward, those in attendance will be free to tour the building.

For more information, contact the MISD Administration Building at 903-880-1300.

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