Minnehaha Academy's Temporary Home Ready for First Day Tuesday

August 01, 2018 10:57 AM

Students at Minnehaha Academy got a look Monday at their new, temporary home at the former Brown-Stanford college in Mendota Heights.

In about 30 days, construction crews and interior designers renovated what was a college building into a modern-looking high school.


It's equipped with brand new furniture, computers, paint, carpet, logos, motivational hashtags and much more.

"It really does feel like a miracle to pull this off," said Jason Wenschlag, principal of the school's upper campus. 

He said people still ask him how they pulled it off.

"I still don't know," Wenschlag said.

Monday night, students and parents gathered at the school to see it for the first time as part of a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The crowd offered standing ovations to construction crews and school leaders for all their work in bringing the school to life.

"It has taken a lot of people to get to this point," Wenschlag said. "We are talking three weeks from an initial design, build, layout, to what we have here." 

The school has the features of most high schools, except for lockers and a traditional gymnasium. Instead, they've modified a room to make it a fitness center.

"It'll work. It's going to have to work," Wenschlag said.

Many students who saw it for the first time were blown away.

"The amount of work that went into this is just outstanding," said Andrew Karpenko, a Minnehaha sophomore. "I think this is more than we could have ever hoped for." 


Ryan Raiche

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