The seniors at Taconic were known as the "class of change" and lead the way to break in the new school.
The new Taconic was opened for classes for the first time this year and the nickname "class of change" was given to the seniors. They were the ones to break in the new structure while watching the school that had spent the previous three years be torn down.
The first class to graduate from the newly constructed Taconic High School will do so at the Boys and Girls Club.
The graduation had typically been held in the high school's gymnasium. However, the new school's gym is smaller than the previous one and last year's graduation was the last one before the former home of the Braves was torn down.
An oil spill has led to contractors to dip more into the contingency fund for the new Taconic High School.
Jim Moran, project manager with Skanska USA, said during the demolition of the original school, a slab under the boiler room was removed, unveiling an oil spill contaminating the soil. The land there had to be remediated and rain had poured in requiring treatment.
The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence Wednesday night. One student from each high school wins the prestigious award annually and this year Taconic's Victor and PHS's Dumigan are the recipients.
For all intents and purposes, the new Taconic High School building is done.
A temporary certificate of occupancy has been granted and administrative staff has been working out of the new $120.8 million building. The teacher's supplies sit in boxes in each room and next week they'll start unpacking and setting up the classrooms.
Residents will get one final chance to walk the halls of the current Taconic High School before it meets the wrecking ball.
Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. the current Taconic will be open for walk-throughs.
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