Naval Academy breaks ground on Hopper Hall
The Naval Academy broke ground on its new cybersecurity building Friday, likely the last time a major academic structure will go up on the Yard. The building will be named after Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a Navy officer who pioneered in computing. This will be the first building named after a woman at any of the nation’s three major service academies. The 300 people attending the ceremony included U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Reps. John Sarbanes and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Since construction won’t actually begin for several more months, the academy officials and politicians capped off the event by digging dirt with gold shovels out of a trough. Hopper Hall will be a significant step in streamlining the academy’s cybereducation program, as well as offering state-of-the-art education, Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the academy’s superintendent, said at the ceremony.