Students, educators and community members cheer opening of new performing arts center

Whale Branch Early College High opens new performing arts center
Posted on 08/16/2019
Ribbon cutting at Whale Branch Early College High

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Students, educators and community members
cheer opening of new performing arts center

BEAUFORT – Students, educators, elected officials and community members celebrated the official opening of Whale Branch Early College High School’s new performing arts center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. 

The high school’s new 34,000-square-foot performing arts center can seat nearly 500 people and will be used not only for student performances, but also for community events.

“This has been a long journey for our school and our community,” said Principal Mona Lise Dickson.  “We now have a beautiful facility we can use to give our students a professional-level environment that supports all of the performing arts, everything from band and drama productions to singing and dancing.” 

Student performers at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony included Amari Johnson and Lawren Caldwell, and speakers at the event included Student Body President Jameah Moore and Vice President Jamyah Moore, who are twins.

“This is exciting day, not only for Whale Branch Early College High but also for the entire Beaufort County School District,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “I’m sure this wonderful facility will host many outstanding student performances in the years to come.”

The performing arts center’s lobby is decorated with a large and colorful mural, “Marshland Landscape,” by famed Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green.