New Braunfels Independent School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for Long Creek High School at what is currently the district’s Ninth Grade Center on March 23.

The funding for the new high school comes from Proposition A that voters passed in the 2021 bond election.

“Over the 16 months we have been gathering data, talking to students, teachers, staff and other stakeholders to ensure that the design and functionality of this campus will serve us well for many years to come,” said Kara Bock, NBISD’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and accountability who currently serves as acting superintendent.

There will be two construction phases for the school, the first being a three-story classroom wing addition to the side of the existing building and around the back of the existing wing with career and technical and general education classrooms.

Phase 1 also includes the addition of two parking designated for band practices and students with special needs.

Phase 2 of the construction will include the a two-story building, which will be for an auditorium, black box theater and scene shop. There will be new fine arts classrooms that will be used for choir, drama and dance. Among the new athletic facilities included in the construction of this phase is an auxiliary gym.

According to an NBISD press release, the new school will be a four-year comprehensive high school, and the New Braunfels Middle School will be a feeder school for LCHS.

The school's colors, navy blue and dark green, and mascot, the Dragons, were determined by the group of future students who will be part of the first graduating class at LCHS in the year 2027—this year's eighth grade students from NBMS.

NBISD School Board President Nancy York thanked taxpayers, staff, administration and everyone involved for “making the school come to be.”

“The building has served us well since it was first built in 2012, first as a middle school and currently as the Ninth Grade Center. With the continued growth in our community, this will not be the last school we build or need or will it be the last high school to be built,” York said. “With this new building, we can continue our mission to engage, empower and learn for every student, every day.”