Officials break ground on new Southeast High School

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita Public Schools broke ground Monday on the new Southeast High School.

It is the largest and final project that will be completed as part of the $370 million bond issue.

The groundbreaking was held at the site of the new school at 12301 East Pawnee.

The new Southeast High School is divided into four main areas: a two-story academic area, a two-story technology plaza area, a fine arts area and a PE/athletic area. The school features a secure main entrance, a “main street” hallway concept to allow easy access from one side of the school to the other, a 900-seat auditorium and fine arts suite, a library with seating for 100 students, career and technical education classrooms, a 1,800-seat gymnasium with a walking track, a swimming pool and a practice gym and a wrestling room that will also be the school’s two storm shelters. The school has several alcoves that will serve as mini-commons areas to give students places to gather during lunch. The school will have natural day lighting and low-e glass windows throughout to save on utilities.

Schaefer, Johnson Cox Frey Architecture is the architect on the school project.

The school is scheduled to be ready for students at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

More information about the Wichita Public Schools’ bond issue can be found at



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