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Canyons School District
An artist's rendering of a new high school in Draper. It is one of 13 construction projects planned by the Canyons district.

DRAPER — The Canyons School District broke ground Wednesday on a new high school in Draper. The building will cost an estimated $65 million and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

Located on 801 E. 12887 South, the future building will accommodate up to 1,800 students and will be the first new school built by the Canyons District. The district officially opened its doors in 2009.

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The new school, which has yet to be named, is the first of 13 construction projects the district has plans for, including rebuilding and remodeling schools. The new high school will be two stories and will include a 3,300-seat gym along with two auxiliary gyms. The turf football field and track will have seating for 4,700 spectators.

Residents narrowly approved a $250 million bond in June 2010 to pay for the new high school and other district projects.

The new school is one piece of a plan to change the district's grade configuration. Beginning fall 2013, ninth-graders in the district will attend high school and sixth-graders will attend middle school.

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