SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Three years in the making and Monday night, community leaders officially broke ground on the new Sherman High School.
They moved dirt for the first time a couple months ago, but now construction can begin.
"It was amazing to see our work come to fruition and now with the groundbreaking, seeing all that, all our work come to something," said junior Nick Estes.
He helped design the new $157 million high school.
And current sophomore Gavin Wallace will be in the first graduating class.
"It's really exciting for us. We get to experience it before everybody else," Wallace said.
"You just feel blessed. And it's a great day to be in Sherman, we're excited," said Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett.
Bennett said plans date back to 2015, so it's been a long time coming.
"In November 2017 with our community support, passing the bond to begin what you see here, a new Sherman High School," he said.
"It's almost without words. All the time that's been planned and put together, and then for it all to come together and have everyone here to celebrate," said Sherman High School principal Jenifer Politi.
Performances by the Sherman High School band, the Hi-Steppers and cheerleaders were all part of the night's festivities.
Along with food trucks and activities for the kids and of course, the groundbreaking.
"Big sign for the community, big symbol for the community, but really enriches our educational environment," said Sherman ISD school board president Tim Millerick.
Millerick said the school being built will spur other developments, and bring new business and jobs to the community.
"And what I have learned about our community, the importance of tradition, the importance of family, that's going to carry on in this new school," said Superintendent David Hicks.
Bennett said paving will start in the next few months, and structures should be coming up at the site by January.
The school will open to the first students in August 2020.