Thursday, June 7, 2007

Oakdale High construction spurs early nostalgia for Linganore

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Tom Fedor⁄The Gazette
Construction vehicles worked at the site of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville on Monday afternoon.
As Linganore High seniors relish graduation this week, younger students are preparing for one more school year before transitioning to Oakdale High, now under construction on Old Annapolis Road in Ijamsville.

Linganore High is now at 140 percent capacity with 1,753 students and 24 portable classrooms. It will be demolished and rebuilt beginning in 2008, and students and staff are mulling which features of the school should be preserved.

‘‘The rebuilding of our beloved school is a bittersweet thing,” Principal Margaret Lyburn wrote in a letter to students recently. ‘‘As alumni, students and staff, we have many happy memories of our time in Linganore High School, and we want to find ways to preserve those memories, which many hold dear.”

Frederick County’s newest high school, the $73 million Oakdale High will accept Linganore High students as Linganore receives a $53 million makeover, with maximized natural light, improved access and much more space. The new Linganore High building will have extra space in the media center, cafeteria and gym.

Students on the newly formed Traditions Committee are mulling ways to incorporate elements from the old Linganore building into the new Linganore High.

The concept for Linganore High — designed by Grimm and Parker Architects, approved by the Frederick County Board of Education March 28 and slated for completion in 2010 — includes a layout similar to that of Tuscarora High on Ballenger Creek Pike in Frederick. Tuscarora High, built for 1,300 students, will also serve as a model for Oakdale High.

School officials expect to accommodate for the Naval Junior ROTC and agricultural technology programs, long-running programs at Linganore High. At Oakdale High School, Linganore’s special construction trade program and agriculture programs will get a separate 2,500 square-foot building and a 700-square-foot greenhouse at the site, according to a $520,000 proposal approved in March.

The New Linganore High School

251,000 square feet

1,600-student capacity

Slated to open in 2010

Modeled after Tuscarora High (on Ballenger Creek Pike in Frederick)