Rock Ridge High School Being Built on Iron Range

VIRGINIA, Minn.– A new era began earlier today up on the Iron Range as communities from Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert broke ground on the new Rock Ridge High School.

The new high school, expected to be completed in two years, will feature four different academies that will give students hands-on experience to help them find a career path after graduation.

Even though the two schools have been rivals for decades, Virginia school officials say this project wouldn’t be possible without involvement from everyone in the area.

“It required all of us to come together and reimagine what our learning spaces would look like and be able to fund those learning spaces,” said Virginia High School Principle Lisa Perkovich. “So without all of these people coming together, we wouldn’t be here today.”

In addition to the new high school, Rock Ridge will also build two new elementary schools. The total cost for all three buildings is over $178 million with around $100 million coming from the Minnesota Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

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