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Officials Break Ground for New Seneca Valley High School

It has been decades in the making, and many in the community doubted it would ever happen, but on Monday morning, September 18, Montgomery County officials broke ground for the construction of a new Seneca Valley High School in Germantown.

County officials, including County Executive Isiah Leggett and Council President Roger Berliner, as well as Montgomery County Public Schools officials such as Superintendent Jack Smith and Board of Education President Michael Durso, gathered on the storied Seneca Valley football field for the ceremonies.

They gathered on the field which has hosted over 40 playoff games since the school opened in 1973. They gathered to dig into the field from which a new massive four-story, 440,000 square-foot high school will rise. The sacred ground on which Screamin’ Eagles have been victorious so often will now play host to academic victories as the new school will be almost centered on the football field.

The new school will be the largest school in the state of Maryland in terms of size. It will have a capacity of 2,400 students, nearly double the current enrollment of 1,278 students. The increased capacity to Seneca Valley High School provides the opportunity to address projected overutilization of nearby Clarksburg and Northwest high schools through student reassignments in the future. The cost for the new school construction is estimated to be around $130 million.

Principal Marc Cohen said the new school could be an opportunity to bring all of Germantown back together. “I am excited to bring the community back together. I have nothing to do with how the boundary lines are going to be a drawn. What I do know is that when the other two high schools in the immediate area were built, the Seneca community was split to feed those schools. I love the possibility of bringing much of Germantown back together under our roof. I think it is a great opportunity for us to rebrand our community,” said Cohen.