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‘Excited for the future’: Fort Mill’s Catawba Ridge High celebrates first days

‘It was a good vibe’: Fort Mill’s new Catawba Ridge high school opens doors to students

Catawba Ridge High School in Fort Mill welcomed its first year of students Monday on the first day of school. Students in grades 9 to 11 attend the school.
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Catawba Ridge High School in Fort Mill welcomed its first year of students Monday on the first day of school. Students in grades 9 to 11 attend the school.

For the second day ever, students walked to their classes Tuesday in Fort Mill’s Catawba Ridge High School.

The 2019-20 school year kicked off Monday in York County. That also marked the first day of class in Fort Mill’s newest high school.

“It was a good vibe,” said Victoria Jordan, a junior. “Everybody seemed happy to be here and excited about the new start to Catawba Ridge.”

The 16-year-old transferred from Nation Ford High School.

Sydney Baum, a junior who transferred from Nation Ford, said the first day in her new school went well.

“We have a great opportunity on our hands to be something better than our competing high schools,” the 15-year-old said. “I’m really excited for the future of the Copperheads.”

Sophomore Aiyana Uter, 15, said the first day was exciting for the students.

“Everyone seemed really happy; everyone seemed to kind of absorb what it was going to be like coming here for the next two, three or four years,” she said. “I love it.”

Catawba Ridge will serve about 850 students in grades 9-11 the first year, The Herald previously reported. Catawba Ridge will serve grades 9-12 beginning in 2020-21.

Dee Christopher, principal of Catawba Ridge High School, leads a tour through Fort Mill's newest school. Catawba Ridge opens to students in August for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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