ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – High School students at Abilene Christian School (ACS) began 2024 in a new building. Although the new addition has been available to students all semester long, a ribbon cutting Tuesday with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce certainly marked the campus’s new beginning. Aside from the state-of-the-art Hudson Wade Memorial Baseball Field, finished last spring, this is the first major change in four years at ACS.
ACHS junior Caroline Wade told KTAB/KRBC she was excited to use the new building before graduating next year, “We have two floors now, which is crazy. It’s definitely much newer than we’re used to… It’s very clean and we love it. The lockers are a lot bigger so we can fit our backpacks in them instead of putting them on the ground, and I would say the bathrooms are very nice.”
ACS President Kirk Wade said the new building has been five years in the making.
“It’s exciting to think that this new building that we all had the opportunity to be a part of will be here long after we’re gone,” fawned President Wade.
A quick look back on the history of ACS: It was renamed Abilene Christian School in 2014 and moved to its own campus in 1985 when it was called “Abilene Christian Schools;” a 1974 decision.
Featuring tools students need to be successful after high school, President Wade said he has no doubt the addition was well worth the wait.
“To have new classrooms- our science lab is state-of-the-art technology in the classroom. It’s also to prepare them academically to be able to go to whatever university that they want to go to,” explained President Wade.
With a new building and field house, $12 million was invested to make it happen.
“We did about a $2 million cafeteria expansion in 2020, so we’re approaching $15 million in capital investments over the last three years,” President Wade clarified.
With more space, students can expect more one-on-one instruction.
“I think the smaller community brings us together as a family, especially only having 15 kids in class. You get to know them well,” added Caroline.
More space was allocated at the middle school building to make space for student growth.