Allegany high school was constructed in 1925 and has well exceeded its useful life. In 2009, the Board of Education hired an independent educational consultant, Eperitus, to facilitate a utilization study of the secondary schools in the city of Cumberland and the Career Center. The results of this study provided information and recommendations for subsequent decisions of the school board related to the development of a long-range capital improvement plan for Allegany and Fort Hill High Schools, Washington and Braddock Middle Schools, and the Career Center. These results, along with the recommendations of a community task force, placed Allegany High School as the highest priority to receive needed capital improvements.
Ultimately, it was decided that a new Allegany High School was to be built on the site of the old Sacred Heart Hospital property. The current plan is for the new school to be open in the fall of 2017. Unfortunately not everything from the existing school can be moved to the new facility. Additionally, we do not want to lose the sense of what it was like to walk the halls of the current building. The Allegany Archive project intends to document, record, and digitially preserve as much of the existing campus and memorabilia as possible. We will be taking pictures of just about everything - classrooms, trophies, architecture, staff, students, cafeteria - you name it. We will take video recordings of walking the hallways. We will provide footage from old sporting events, band competitions, and everyday student life. We will digitize old yearbooks, newspapers, and graduation pictures. You get the idea - we want to keep the spirit of the existing Allegany High School alive as much as possible while looking forward to moving to our much needed new school.
If you have any questions about the Allegany Archive Project or suggestions on how we can make it better, feel free to visit our contact us page and drop us a line. We look forward to hearing from you.