Moving day finally arrives at new D'Iberville High

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - "Grab a box. Go this way. This is all downstairs stuff," a teacher told a group of students.

They worked in shifts throughout the day, unloading four 18-wheelers that were stuffed with classroom furniture and equipment. Hundreds of students eagerly volunteered for the job, just for the chance to see their new school, especially the spacious gym. Many couldn't believe their eyes.

"I'm happy to see this," said Corey McCaleb.

"It's unbelievable you know, because we went from being down, to being up you know. It's just amazing," said Chad Gollott.

The students have been waiting for moving day for three years now. The new D'Iberville High School was supposed to be ready this past Christmas. But rain delays pushed back the opening date to the day after Mardi Gras.

"The kids are excited," said D'Iberville High Principal Elmer Mullins. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Their kids won't have this opportunity to go to a brand new school like this."

"I could cry. It's so pretty. It is gorgeous.  Oh heavens," Myrna Wescovich exclaimed as she toured the school.

Wescovich is the school custodian.

"This is something you see at a college or something like that you know, not a D'Iberville High School," said Wescovich. "It is beautiful. It is pretty.  Something to be proud of."

That Warrior pride will no doubt shine, when the school opens its doors next Wednesday.

"It's a big image for D'Iberville, this high school," said one student.

"We're leaving one that's about 60 years old and coming up here to a brand new one," said Mullins. "There's a lot of memories walking those halls, but there's going to be a lot more memories walking these halls."

The next big moving day is Saturday.   Parents and community members are expected to show up to help out.

Just so you know, when the students move out of the old D'Iberville High School, that building will become the new D'Iberville Middle School. The old middle school was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and since then, the students have been split-up and had to share space at other campuses.