Work Starts on John Marshall High, One of Three New Schools Planned for Cleveland

July 18 marked the official start of construction of the new John Marshall High School at 3952 W. 140th Street. Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon, JMHS Alumni President Ken Tischler, and Cleveland City Council President Martin J. Sweeney were among those present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

July 18 marked the official start of construction of the new John Marshall High School at 3952 W. 140th St. Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon, JMHS Alumni President Ken Tischler and Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney were among those present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

ICON L.L.C. is developing the project for the school district. The new John Marshall High School will be a $41.7 million investment of public money and will replace the original facility, which was built in 1932 on Cleveland’s near west side.

A city ordinance limits construction between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. However, work is scheduled to be conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The new John Marshall High School will be a 207,182-square-foot facility and will have the capacity to hold 1,260 students. TDA Architecture is the project’s architect.

Work will soon start on two other Cleveland high schools, as well: the Max S. Hayes Vocational High School and the Cleveland School of the Arts. Both will be built by Higley Bowen Construction Partners. The three projects combined total $120 million.

The district is constructing them with money from Issue 14, a renovation and construction bond issue voters passed in 2001. Although the district has renovated other high schools with money from the $335 million construction fund, it had constructed only one high school, John Adams High School, in 2006.

Officials hope construction will be finished by 2015 and expect to have the three new high schools ready for the 2015-16 school year. Students have been moved to other buildings until the new ones are done.

Rendering courtesy of ICON L.L.C.