Columbia’s newest high school officially opened to the public ahead of classes Sunday afternoon.
Summer classes start Monday.
Muriel Battle High School was dedicated before hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members. A ribbon was ceremoniously cut Sunday at 2 p.m.
Battle High School is Columbia’s fourth high school and features the district’s latest security features, as well as state-of-the-art athletic facilities.
Planning for Battle High School started in 2005. It’s final price tag came in over original projections, at around $75 million.
The school is named for Dr. Muriel Battle, the district’s first female associate superintendent. Battle was also widely recognized as the leader for desegregation in Columbia Public Schools.
Her family was in attendance Sunday afternoon.