GRAFTON, Mass. - The students crowded into Grafton High School's auditorium were a sea of dark green, gathered to celebrate a historic moment: the first day the $73 million facility would be put to educational use.
"Good morning Grafton High School," Principal Jim Pignataro called from the stage to cheers.
More than 750 students make up the first four classes that will graduate from the new Grafton High School, which was built to accommodate up to 900 students. The new facility also allowed the school to move to 1:1 technology, with iPads distributed to every student.
As they entered their new home, the students were given green t-shirts bearing the words "Grafton High School - Pride, Tradition, Spirit" with the legend on the back "First Classes to Roam the Halls - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016."
Pignataro told the students they need to treat the school -- and each other -- with respect.
"This is a new building," Pignataro said. "The townspeople have contributed their time, their effort and their money to make this dream become a reality."