Bay High School's Social Studies Hall got a more than 1.7 Million dollar makeover, all thanks to Bay County tax payers. Now, the building may look brand new, but it's rich in history and tradition.
"This building replaced an old wooden building we called Comma Hall because typing and all was taught in there, and then they put this building here in it's place."
Forest Whitehurst was a senior at Bay High when building twelve was originally built.
"It was a big deal, you know because it was brand new, and most of Bay High was not new at that time."
That time was 1970.
And, more than 40 years later, Whitehurst who's taught in the building for about twelve years is welcoming a new phase.
"It was in bad shape. It really was. It suffered the ravages of time."
"We had an air condition failure that caused a lot of water damage so thanks to the half cent sales tax, we were able to renovate the building from top to bottom," said Principal Billy May.
Teachers and faculty got a peak at the changes on Tuesday morning. Board Members were there to welcome them in.
Although, nearly every part of the building is new and fresh, from the paint to the floors, nothing will change the memories it holds.
"This building is named after Mr. De Jack Williams who was a teacher from 1961 to 1985 so he's taught many, many folk here in Bay County. He taught myself and the superintendent. We felt it was fitting to keep that same name and continue that tradition."
It's a tradition and building with a rich history that will continue to see the education of Bay High School students.
"I think they are going to be amazed and very grateful for the change," said Whitehurst.
The 16 classroom building will give students a safer, technology enhanced, learning environment when they return on August 20th.