KISD Leaders Tour New High School

Chaparral High School construction on schedule
By: Todd Martin
In just less than a year, the first-ever Chaparral High School Bobcats will celebrate the opening of a new comprehensive high school in Killeen.
Following a tour of the sprawling campus Tuesday, KISD Executive Director for Facilities Services Adam Rich said the building construction is on time.
Move-in should begin next March and continue through the summer leading to the school’s dedication ceremony and opening to start the 2022-2023 school year.
School district secondary education leaders and representatives from fine arts, athletics, technology, purchasing and other departments toured the structure.
The new high school covers 450,000 square feet and is designed to accommodate 3,000 students. It includes a 4,600-seat regional stadium with press box.
School district leaders walked through classroom wings, science labs, special education suite and administrative space.
The tour also included Career and Technical Education rooms, library, cafeteria and commons area.
The fine arts suite includes a 1,200-seat auditorium and choir, band, orchestra, theater and black box theater spaces.
The athletics area includes two gyms, weight rooms, training room and wrestling room, as well as the stadium.
The gym includes portions of dark blue and crimson, the school’s colors.
The Chaparral design bears similarities to the renovations that are ongoing at Killeen High School, including regionally sourced stonework.
The new high school in south Killeen will celebrate its opening the same year that KHS is scheduled to open the newly constructed renovations and constructions.
The Killeen High School building on 38th Street first opened in 1964. Ellison High School opened in 1978.
Shoemaker and Harker Heights high schools opened in 2000 as full high schools after serving as ninth-grade centers beginning in 1994.