Bloomington’s New Tech High School is set to graduate its first class. New Tech High School opened its doors in 2008 and now the staff prepares to bid farewell its first class.
Senior Mary Burt, who is one of 61 students in the class of 2012, says making the transition to New Tech was difficult.
“It was a little rough for a few years. At the beginning I was excited, but I was kind of concerned because everything was new,” Burt says. “I’ve accomplished so many college classes and got everything out of the way it was a lot more exciting.”
Just five original staff members have stayed at the school since it opened four years ago. More than a quarter of the 85 students who started in the fall of 2008 are no longer New Tech students.
School Counselor Keri Gross says about 50 percent of the students are going to Ivy Tech.
“We’ve got two or three joining the military, about 14 students are on their way to IU and one going to Evansville,” Gross says.
Still, administrators appear eager to tout those students who will graduate and attend college in the fall.
“One student plans to attend Huntington, as well as a student going to the institute of technology out in Washington State,” Gross says.
Burt will be attending IU, having collected 21 credits already, and hopes to receive a degree from the Kelley School of Business. New Tech High School’s graduation is scheduled for June 1.