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A Community Working Together to Build a Better Somerville High School

The City of Somerville is building a new Somerville High School at the site of the existing one, using funds obtained locally and through a grant by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The new campus will provide a state-of-the-art, innovative, and nurturing learning environment to SHS students for decades to come, and will serve as a premier community resource and gathering space.
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Above: View a flyover rendering of the proposed Somerville High School redesign plans.

Check Back Frequently for Project Updates

New information will be added to this site on an ongoing basis.
  • Construction Impacts and Updates
    Updated 12/9/2019
    Please join Mayor Curtatone and Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper for a second and final “topping off” ceremony at Somerville High School on Thursday, December 19.

    This celebration marks a major milestone in the construction of the new high school, when the highest steel beam of the new building’s eastern wing will be set into place.

    The ceremony will be held on the SHS campus on Highland Ave. next to the Central Library. Attendees can arrive as early as 2:30 p.m. to sign the beam; the ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., and light refreshments will follow in the high school cafeteria. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly and wear boots, sneakers, or other sturdy footwear.
  • FAQs
    What is the project timeline?

    1. Phase 1 New Building West Construction: April 2018 to August 2019
    2. Phase 2 New Building East Construction: June 2019 to August 2020
    3. Phase 3 Demolition & Site Improvements: June 2020 to May 2021


    How can I stay informed about the construction timeline and impacts?


    The City maintains a biweekly email update group for residents and businesses. To sign up, email JRossetti@somervillema.gov. Parents and guardians of current Somerville High School students and rising freshmen will receive regular project updates via email and/or voicemail from the District.
  • Construction Camera Feed
  • October 2019

    Phase 2 Steel Installation Begins

  • August 2019

    Phase 1 Steel Topping Off Ceremony

  • July 2019

    E Building Demolition

  • June 2019

    Phase 1 Structural Steel Installation

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  • May 2019

    Gym Roof Reconstruction

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  • March 2019

    Foundation Wall Construction

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  • February 2019

    Foundations Begin

  • January – February 2019

    Soil Nail Wall Installation

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  • November 2018 – February 2019

    Central Hill Monument Relocation

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  • October 2018 – February 2019

    Soil Excavation & Export

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  • September 2018

    Debris Removal

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  • June – August 2018

    East 1929 Classroom Wing Demolition & Abatement

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shsfuture@somervillema.gov