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School begins at newly formed Lapeer High

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LAPEER (WJRT) - (09/02/14) - There was plenty of excitement - and a little nervous energy - as students arrived for the first day at the newly formed Lapeer High.

"I'm kind of excited to meet everybody. There's new people and things going on that we're not used to.," said Cassie Wilkinson, Lapeer High School student.

The Lapeer High Marching band welcomed students into what used to be known as Lapeer East High School with an all-new fight song - to go along with a new nickname, the Lapeer Lightning.

"It's pretty crazy right now, but It's probably going to be alright," said Ben Howell, Lapeer High School student.

Former students of Lapeer West know they'll have to quickly adjust to not only to a new school building, but to a larger student body - around 1,400 kids.

"It's a big change, you know. It's more big, a lot more kids, and it's going to be jam-packed," said Jake Shinaver, Lapeer High School student.

"I think it's going to be pretty sweet because there's twice the amount of people. I liked West a lot. I kind of wish we were still there," said Hayden Rock, Lapeer High School student.

The staff gathered everyone in gym to kick off the morning - with bonding being the number one goal.

"It's about making the kids feel comfortable today because it's not going to be a successful school year without a strong culture," said Matt Wandrie, Lapeer superintendent.

Over the summer, the building received a massive makeover. All the green and gold is gone, replaced by green and blue, one color from each high school to help reinforce the message of #onelapeer.

"We didn't want this to be East High School welcoming the West kids. We wanted this to be Lapeer High School, which is new for everyone.

To help keep the tradition of both schools alive, the Lapeer West state championship trophy collection now sits side by side with trophies belonging to East.

"Those kids spent 11 years going to school hoping to get an East diploma or a West diploma. So we couldn't forget the history that they contributed to this district as well," Wandrie said.

The last time there was a single Lapeer High School was in 1975.

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