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El Paso High officially dedicates $17.6 million new fine arts facility


(EL PASO HIGH SCHOOL – May 27, 2022) – The Lady on the Hill unveiled to the community its new $17.6 million fine arts facility Friday by showcasing the school’s tremendous talent and the new opportunities for the arts.

The new building, a 2016 Bond project, includes a new piano classroom, orchestra room, recording studio and art gallery. The spacious new facility features picturesque views of the Downtown skyline.

“It’s absolutely incredible,” said student body president Alejandra Chavez. “It’s wonderful to see the focus EPISD has put on fine arts.”

The ceremony gave the community a peek into the new building while being entertained by the choir, guitar player and folklorico dancers.

“As I see the completed project, it’s overwhelming and exciting,” principal Mark Paz said. “I see the potential of everything that can happen in this building. We already have a strong core of fine arts programs. To have this state-of-the-art building will allow us to continue to grow and develop.”

Senior Avery Westbrook likes the spaciousness of the building and acoustics.

“We’ve been waiting so long for this,” she said. “It’s way bigger and so much nicer than I thought it would be. There are so many amazing aspects here. They really did include all parts of fine arts.”

The bond project also included renovations to the new building including a new elevator, restroom upgrades, new blinds and renovations to the former fine arts spaces.



Written by Reneé de Santos
Photos by Alex Lopez