And about 90 minutes later, the graduates turned their tassels and became the final class to graduate in the same building as so many Braves have in the past. Next year, the students will shift the new school being constructed across the driveway.
Taconic High School has named Nathaniel Beaupre and Anthony Arace as the top students for the Class of 2018. Both students will speak at graduation exercises on Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m. at the school, according to Principal John Vosburgh.
Hundreds of city students left class on Tuesday to protect gun violence.
Students organized the walkout in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead.
The local students honored those killed or injured while making a statement calling for stricter safety and gun control measures.
Nearly all of the mechanical and exterior work is complete and the focus at the new Taconic High School is transitioning to painting and finishing.
The $120.8 new school has been under construction for just short of two years and is on track to be completed this summer. Workers broke ground in March of 2016 and the building's target completion date is July 1. In July and August, the equipment will be moved into the new school and shortly after, the demolition of the current building will begi
Taconic High School's radio station, WTBR, is expected to be under new management within the next year.
The station's license is owned by Pittsfield Public Schools and operates out of Taconic. But the new building does not include space for it and the tower will have to be removed. For years school administrators have been trying to figure out what to do with the state.
Taconic High School may need a new mascot.
The state legislature is currently debating a bill which would ban the use of names, symbols, or imagery referring to the American Indian tribe. The proposed law even specifically uses the term "Braves" as being outlawed from use.
Raeayn Warren and Jac Lun Lin have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Taconic High School class of 2017.
The school will hold its 47th commencement exercises at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, in the gymnasium.
Taconic High School manufacturing students will now have an easier time pursuing careers thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation.
The Haas Foundation is granting the program $10,000 to provide scholarships to graduates. The foundation was started by the owner of Haas Automation, a company which builds the manufacturing machines, with a $20 million donation.
The eagle which sat perched on the top of the flag pole lost a wing. But, thanks to Taconic High School students, it is ready to soar again.
It was at a Veterans Day ceremony two years ago when City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo looked up and saw something was off. Veterans Service Office James Clark took out some binoculars and sure enough, the eagle only had one wing.
High-tech equipment for the Berkshire Innovation Center has arrived.
"This is the first real showcase of the high-end equipment. The mission of the BIC is alive and well," said BCC Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education William Mulholland.
The radio station "Brave FM," stationed at Taconic High School, was once under threat of being silenced because of budget and interest. It is now facing the challenge of the new high school project's impacts on the tower location.
Getting rid of construction debris found in the soil at the site of the new Taconic high School will require construction managers to dip into contingency for the first time.
John Benzinger of the consulting firm Skanska USA said three types of materials were found in the soil - contamination, construction debris, and unusable soils. He estimates more than a half million dollars will be needed to dispose and replace the materials found.
The site of the new school, directly across the driveway from the current building, is under heavy construction with equipment, material piles and dozens of workers getting the ground ready for vertical construction.