Harrison High gets another life as ‘The Hawk’

Farmington Hills council members took an official first step on Monday toward turning the former Harrison High School into a state-of-the-art community center called “The Hawk”.

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Farmington Hills city officials turned over a bit of concrete during Monday’s ceremonial groundbreaking. (City of Farmington Hills)

Mayor Ken Massey noted that Harrison High had served the community for 49 years.

“Now, we are going to give it new life. It is going to turn a page… and will continue to be part of Farmington Hills history,” he said.

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City of Farmington Hills Director of Special Services Ellen Schnackel speaks during Monday’s ceremony. (City of Farmington Hills)

Director of Special Services Ellen Schnackel said the 245,000-square-foot community center and 45-acre park “will provide a hub for residents and guests to enjoy visual and performing arts, aquatics, fitness and athletics, along with many other recreational programs and events.”

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Guests at Monday’s groundbreaking for The Hawk got a look at the project’s most recent architectural renderings. (City of Farmington Hills)

The repurposing of this facility, here in Farmington Hills, demonstrates our dedication to the physical, emotional, educational and social well-being of every resident and guest and accentuates our commitment to serving our community,” she said. 

Officials expect completion of the project in the fall of 2020.