Corner High School held an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new campus on Warrior-Jasper Road.

“Obviously this is a great day for the Corner community,” said Jefferson County Board of Education Superintendent Phil Hammonds. “There was a time not long ago when the old Corner School was actually still heated by coal, and now we have this multi-million dollar state-of-the-art campus.”

The Hawkins B. Carter American Legion Post 255 in Fultondale presented a flag to be used at the front of the school. The post also donated a flag for the football field as well as flags for the classrooms.

“’Amen’ seems like the right thing to say. Although, this isn’t the end of a prayer, it’s the end of a dream,” said Board of Education Vice President Ronald Rhodes, a Corner School graduate.

The new school is a “penny tax school,” meaning it’s construction was paid for with a 1-cent sales tax collected in Jefferson County in 2005.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the 1-cent tax,” said Hammonds. “It seems like not too long ago that we were standing near the road for a groundbreaking on 80 acres of pasture land.”

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