UDHS ded­i­cates last piece of new high school

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

7hH CDUGLnDlV’ nHw nHVt LV finDlly com­plete as Up­per Dublin High 6FhRRl RI­fiFLDlly GHGLFDtHG thH nHw per­form­ing arts cen­ter Sept. 14.

The ded­i­ca­tion of the new arts wLnJ mDUNV thH RI­fiFLDl EHJLn­nLnJ RI the new high school, al­low­ing students, fac­ulty, staff and mem­bers of thH FRm­munLty tR UHflHFt Rn thH SDVt 50 years at Up­per Dublin and look for­ward to the fu­ture.

The state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity cost $120 mLl­lLRn DnG wDV thH fiUVt VFhRRl con­struc­tion project to be ap­proved through a state ref­er­en­dum.

In at­ten­dance for the event were state Sen. Ste­wart Green­leaf, R-12, state Reps. Madeleine Dean, D-153, Tom Murt, R-152, and Michael Ger­ber, D-148, and Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers Josh Shapiro and Les­lie Richards.

The ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony kicked off with an open­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mance of “Some­thing’s Com­ing” IURm “WHVt 6LGH 6tRUy,” Ey .HLth Spencer, a Broad­way per­former and mem­ber of the Class of 1989.

Af­ter some brief open­ing re­marks, a video pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “A RetURVSHFtLvH LRRN Dt thH 3DVt FLIty YHDUV” wDV SlDyHG GRFumHn­tLnJ nRt only the his­tory of Up­per Dublin, but the coun­try as a whole. The video in­cluded pop cul­ture footage from movies and TV shows from each decade, pic­tures of students and fac­ulty through the years and fea­tured in­ter­views with fac­ulty, alumni and students of­fer­ing per­spec­tive on their time at Up­per Dublin.

Green­leaf noted the beauty of the finLVhHG FRnVtUuFtLRn, mHn­tLRnLnJ that he vis­ited the site dur­ing and af­ter con­struc­tion and the dif­fer­ence was amaz­ing.

“Up­per Dublin is a re­ally spe­cial community,” Green­leaf said. “And I’m not just say­ing that be­cause I’ve rep­re­sented you for so many decades. But be­cause it is. And it is be­cause if you drive by the community you see it’s easy on the eyes … it’s a well-de­vel­oped community. But just as im­por­tant is that ed­u­ca­tion has al­ways been a high pri­or­ity.”

Green­leaf went on to say that thH FRm­munLty DV D whRlH EHnH­fitV when qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is val­ued.

Shapiro high­lighted the strength of lead­er­ship that it took to un­dergo the mag­ni­tude of con­struc­tion.

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to­gether, stu­dent body, the ad­min­is­tra­tion, the fac­ulty, the lead­er­ship of the board, is truly amaz­ing,” Shapiro said. “And it’s not just amaz­ing be­cause of the build­ings that were erected … it’s about the rich legacy in this dis­trict. And it’s about a community that un­der­stands the di­rec­tion that we are go­ing.”

Af­ter­ward, a cer­e­mo­nial key to the school was pre­sented by Gil­bert Ar­chi­tects Inc.

The event also fea­tured a pre­sen­ta­tion of a gift of a Stein­way pi­ano and a time cap­sule pre­sen­ta­tion by Up­per Dublin stu­dent JRYHUnPHnW RI­fiFHUV BHn hramer, pres­i­dent; Cory BRUJPDn, YLFH SUHVLGHnW; LDyOD BXGOLn, VHFUHWDUy; and Jen­nifer Harchut, trea­surer. hramer said the time FDSVXOH wLOO EH fiOOHG wLWK D copy of the school’s 2012 year­book, an agenda from a school board meet­ing, “The Hunger Games” novel, a play­bill from the school’s pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal “Chicago,” a cal­en­dar, a copy of the school lit­er­ary mag­a­zine Rhap­sody, a con­struc­tion hel­met, a gov­ern­ment text­book, a copy of that day’s mhiladel­phia In­quirer, an imhone box, a VHnLRU SLFWXUH IURP WKH fiUVW day of school and a Car­di­nal T-shirt.

The time cap­sule will be buried and opened in 50 years in the year 2063.

“that will life be like in the fall of 2062?” hramer asked. “that new tech­nol­ogy will there be? till the students at Up­per Dublin High School still get su­per ex­cited for spirit week and coro­na­tion? till the Ea­gles KDYH finDOOy wRn D 6XSHU BRwO? :KDW wLOO OLIH EH like when the time cap­sule is opened in 2063?”

Up­per Dublin Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael mladus called the ded­i­ca­tion a “once-in-a-life­time mo­ment” for students.

“New high schools are not built very of­ten,” mladus said. He said they’re built once ev­ery 50 to 100 years and the theme of the day’s cer­e­mony was the best of yes­ter­day, the best of to­day and the best of to­mor­row. “vou are the best that this community has.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, re­tired SuSHULnWHnGHnW CODLU “BXG” BURwn -U. DGGUHVVHG WKH DX­di­ence and ex­plained how he’s watched Up­per Dublin “evolve” over time to beFRPH D fiUVW FODVV LnVWLWXWLRn.

The cer­e­mony was FDSSHG wLWK Dn RI­fiFLDO ULEbon-cut­ting cer­e­mony and per­for­mances by the stu­dent a cap­pella group Vlu singing “Signed, Sealed, De­liv­ered I’m vours” by Ste­vie ton­der and a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter a per­for­mance of “This is the Mo­ment” from the mu­si­cal “Jekyll and Hyde” again by Spencer.

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