Superintendent Chuck Epps and Board of Trustees Chairwoman Kristy Spears look over the auditorium, designed to fit almost 1,000 people at Catawba Ridge High School.

Some people call the new high school a “piece of art.”

Catawba Ridge High School is definitely a sight to behold, and The Fort Mill Sun tagged along with the board of trustees Friday as they got a tour and update on building, set to open in August.

Here is our exclusive look inside the school. And check out the 5-minute interview with CRHS Principal Dee Christopher at the bottom.

The main gymnasium comes with a massive amount of storage space on the outside for all athletic teams.
An auxiliary gym will be used for practicing.
Dr. Thomas Schmolze, assistant superintendent, said theater students should love their new black box theater, which is designed as a square room with black walls and a flat floor. The simplicity of the space is used to create a flexible stage and audience interaction.
School Trustee Brian Murphy tests out 3D computer technology used by construction workers to build the facility.
The high school is shown in this digital model used by crews to manage the construction.
The Food Nutrition classroom is coming together. Here CN2’s Lucas McFadden takes a photo.
Army ROTC space is large with lockers.
The courtyard.
School officials view a lecture room, where several classrooms can meet together at once.
One of many science classrooms.
They call this “Main Street.”
Students will find these cool Copperhead logos all over the three-floor school, part of a game to see how many have been placed.
The cafeteria has a lot of natural light with all the windows.
A higher look at the lunchroom.
The Media Center.
Superintendent Chuck Epps looks out over the courtyard from the Media Center.
A view of Main Street from the second floor.
The auditorium is designed to fit nearly 1,000 people. It has polished concrete floor and will have carpeted aisles. The stage is large and has a catwalk at the top for managing lights and other theatrical effects.
One of the Copperhead logos at the end of one hall.
Plenty of water fountains. (Notice the Copperhead logo on the ground.)
The football stadium looks ready for action.
The scoreboard welcomes visitors to “The Pit.”
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Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...

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