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Hilton Head Island High School holds groundbreaking ceremony for extensive referendum project

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

BEAUFORT – School officials, students, Board of Education members, and community supporters celebrated the beginning of construction on one of the district’s most extensive construction projects to be funded through the bond referendum approved by county voters in November 2023. The comprehensive 4.5 year construction project will replace the majority of Hilton Head Island High School’s older classroom facilities originally built in 1983 with a new three-story classroom wing, alongside an extensive campus-wide renovation.

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included Board of Education Chair Christina Gwozdz, Superintendent Frank Rodriguez, Hilton Head Island High School Principal Steve Schidrich, and students.

“This significant project is made possible from the referendum approved by voters in November of 2023,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez. He expressed gratitude for having significant community input and support. “This new state-of-the-art campus will support the community’s vision and students’ academic needs for years to come.” 

Board of Education Chair Christina Gwozdz also expressed her enthusiasm for the longevity and significance of this project. “This is an exciting time to stand here together on the threshold of a new era for Hilton Head Island High School—one filled with promise, potential, and endless opportunities,” said Gwozdz. “I look forward to watching the metamorphosis of this campus as the new facility evolves.”

Columbia, S.C. based M.B. Kahn is the contractor for the renovations and the designer of record is Little Diversified Architectural Company based in Charleston, S.C.   

All referendum projects and expenditures are being independently monitored by the Citizen-Led Oversight Committee.

Supporting video footage:

Concept photo of the new Hilton Head Island High School

Hilton Head Island High School construction project architectural rendering provided by Little Diversified Architectural Company.