• Asheville High Construction

    The population of Asheville grew steadily in the late 1920s. By 1926 the Asheville City Board of Education agreed that "a large, central high school plant" was needed. Designed by Douglas Ellington, construction of the original building began in 1927 and was completed two years later. With a cost of $1.3 million ($18.8 million in 2016 dollars), Asheville High School opened on February 5, 1929. When first opened, Asheville High , which was designed to be a ‘model’ school, had a wide variety of programs reflecting the vocational needs of the day,  including automotive mechanics, full print shops (all yearbooks, newspapers, and magazines were printed on-campus), mechanical drawing, and photography, including a darkroom.

         In 1935 the school was renamed Lee H. Edwards High School in honor of Principal Edwards, who died unexpectedly that year.  The name "Asheville High School" returned with integration in 1969.

         In 1949, another vocational facility (known today as the ROTC building) was created across from the original shop wing. This facility was built by students in the vocational program, as a real-world example of construction.

         In 1968, another larger vocational building was built. In the early 1970s, a media center addition was added to the main building. In 1973, a new gym and athletic facility was attached to the old vocational building.  

         In the early 1990s, a $3.5 million cultural arts building was built.

         And, finally, in 2006, a new $3.1 million cafeteria was added to the campus. The facilities on this historic and beautiful campus also support a second high school : the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville (SILSA).


    Begin Phase 1 construction activities May 1, 2017 - Sitework mobilization and landscape removal.


    Phase 1 generally includes the main building, ROTC and Varsity Gym exterior facade repairs, main building and ROTC roof replacement and structural repairs, Varsity Gym exterior cleaning and repairs, new roof and fire alarm.


    The last and most time-consuming phase is for exterior stone repairs and tuck pointing and is scheduled to be completed in May 2020. 


    Construction Policies/Procedures:

       - Safety of students, faculty & staff is our utmost concern

       - Drug testing and background checks are required for all on-site workers

       - Construction vests and hardhats required on all on-site personnel

    - A zero tolerance policy relating to interaction with students by construction personnel

    - Work areas will be clearly barricaded off to avoid access by students, faculty & staff

    - Material transport to work areas will be coordinated with class change timeframes as much as possible t avoid unnecessary risks to the school community

    - Deliveries will be coordinated as much as possible to avoid drop-off, pick-up & bus traffic in the mornings and afternoons

    - The construction company will coordinate with administrators to avoid impacts to testing 

    Phase I

    Asheville High Renovations (Beginning May, 2017): 

    •      Replace main building roof, repair window lintels on main & ROTC buildings,
    •      Repair main building exterior walls, roof framing and gutters/downspouts,
    •      Replace main building water/sewer systems & renovate toilets 



    Window lintel at Asheville High School (Main Building)                Exterior wall at Asheville High School (Gymnasium)

    Responsibilities of the School Capital Fund Commission:

    •Review capital project requests from Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools
    •Combine and prioritize requests
    •Recommends projects to be funded through sales tax revenue to County Commissioners
    •School Capital Fund Commission has been in existence since Fall, 2016