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Harnett County Growth Leads To New High School

Posted August 10, 2004

— It was the first day for students at a new Harnett County high school. Overhills High School is the area's new high school. It is the first high school built since 1985.

Both faculty and students said they are impressed with the look of the school.

"I just thought how beautiful it is, a breathtaking statement when you walk through the front doors," principal Phillip Ferrell said.

"I was really glad to come to a new school because it is always great to have new things, a new media center, a new cafeteria," student Courtney Kurinec said.

Overhills High School was built to handle the ongoing growth of Harnett County.

"Certainly, the influence of the military, the base closings, has impacted the growth at Fort Bragg and that overflowed into Harnett County," Ferrell said.

The majority of the new students at Overhills High School came from Western High School. At one point, Western High School had 1,800 students even though the facility was only equipped to handle 1,100 students.

As a result, Overhills High was built. It is equipped to handle between 800 and 1,000 students.

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