After years of construction, months of enrollment and plenty of anticipation, Cambridge High School welcomed students Monday as the school year began for the first time at the new campus.
Principal Ed Spurka said he was there to welcome over 1,100 students to the first day at Cambridge.
“Today, the first day of school, was the biggest payoff for me ever professionally,” he said.
The day started off with a pep rally to get students excited about the new school. Clothed in the school colors of navy blue, Carolina blue and white, students showed their support for Cambridge before they even hit the books.
“It was great,” Spurka said. “We had a spirit day the first day and I think we’re starting to see a payoff where we’re actually having a very very successful first day of school.”
Students came from Alpharetta and Milton High Schools, and Spurka said he is excited for the students who decided to go to Cambridge in this transition year.
“Milton and Alpharetta are two of the top schools, not only in Fulton County but in the state, and it caused some anxiety in the beginning as far as getting kids adjusted to having a new school in the city of Milton and Fulton County,” he said.
Spurka has been mindful of the seniors, recognizing the commitment to going to a new school for the last year of high school. Earlier this summer the seniors got to tour the finished building before other students, and on Monday they led the student body into the school as the new leaders.
“What a big decision it is to make for seniors to come in because they had already been at their high schools for three years,” he said.
The school currently has 105 seniors, and Spurka said he wants to make it easy for them to lead the school and start to form the culture of Cambridge.
“I vowed to them that I would give them everything I had and really take care of them and give them some leadership opportunities so they can lead our student body.”