Photo courtesy of Scott Kibby

Community celebrates opening of Liberty High School

Community celebrates opening of Liberty High School
Podhajsky
08/12/17
 
The first varsity competition in Liberty High School history has already taken place. Now when they win trophies, they officially have some place to put them.
 
Iowa City Community School District officials and area residents celebrated the new high school's ribbon-cutting and official opening on Saturday, with principal Scott Kibby telling a packed gymnasium crowd this is truly a community school.
 
"No one was assigned here; everybody who is at Liberty applied," Kibby said. "They were screened, they were interviewed, they competed to be at Liberty High School. We have an amazing staff and they all want to be here and they want to be a part of something that is special."
 
The new school is the first high school in North Liberty and the first new comprehensive high school to open since West High in 1968. It'll open with roughly 700 students, though it has a capacity of 1000 and a planned addition would add room for 500 more students.
 
North Liberty Mayor Terry Donahue called Saturday "certainly the cornerstone for a celebration."
 
"The first reaction when I came into the building was, 'Wow!'" Donahue said, adding they've looked forward to this for a long, long time. "What a great facility and we haven't even started to scratch the surface of it yet. Welcome to a new chapter in the history of North Liberty."
 
The Liberty Lightning athletic department has already had its first varsity competition, with the boys' golf team playing in Muscatine on Friday. The school is offering a limited number of varsity sports this year before opening its full athletic program in 2018-19, when it'll join the Mississippi Valley Conference.
 
Classes begin at Liberty - and in the rest of the district - on Aug. 23.
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