MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The new Spring Mills High School in Berkeley County now has the distinction of being the largest school building, in terms of structural space, in West Virginia.

Covering more than 250,000 square feet, the $45 million home of the Cardinals opens to students for the first time this month.  It is the fourth high school in Berkeley County and the first new high school to be built there in more than 50 years.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was in Berkeley County Wednesday to help officially dedicate the new school which is part of a complex off of Route 11, north of Martinsburg, that includes Spring Mills Primary, Potomack Intermediate and Spring Mills Middle.

“It’s a very unique setting and it’s very exciting for our community,” said Principal Marc Arvon on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

The new school building includes the latest technology and expansive athletic facilities.  “The facilities are second to none, athletically, second to none, academically, second to none.  The building is just amazing,” said Arvon.

Classes begin on Monday, August 19.

This year, about 900 freshman, sophomores and juniors from Martinsburg and Hedgesville will attend classes at Spring Mills.  Next year, seniors will be added which could bring total enrollment up to around 1,300.

“We were wanting to give students that had spent three years at their current high school to have the opportunity to graduate from the school in which they have so many ties,” said Arvon.

A community open house at Spring Mills High is planned for August 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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