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Alabama K–12 District Breaks Ground on New High School

Gulf Shores City Schools in Gulf Shores, Ala., recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gulf Shores High School, according to a news release. The facility will cover 287,000 square feet and has a scheduled opening date of fall 2026. The district and the City of Gulf Shores partnered with Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) and DLR Group for the project’s design, Rabren General Contractors for construction, and Volkert, Inc. as program manager.

The new school will offer specialized lab spaces for biomedical research, marine biology, finance, and culinary arts; as well as spaces for the arts, music, and broadcasting. Other features will include collaboration spaces, a media center with a maker space and video production studio, and an outdoor learning courtyard.

On the athletics side, the school will get competition-sized gymnasiums, training rooms and locker rooms, a weight room, and a full-length covered practice facility.

“The new Gulf Shores High School is more than just a building; it’s a testament to our community’s commitment to excellence in education,” said Gulf Shores City Schools Superintendent Matt Akin. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide our students with unparalleled opportunities to learn, grow, and discover their potential.”

The facility’s design evokes its coastal backdrop, featuring blue tones and detailing that resembles the Gulf shoreline. Large glass panels and tall windows add natural daylight to as much of the facility as possible.

“The collective dedication of our educators, passionate community members, and forward-thinking leaders has shaped the vision for our new Gulf Shores High School,” said Gulf Shores City Schools Board of Education President Kevin Corcoran. “This school will be a hub of innovation, a center for excellence, and shape the future for generations to come.”

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