In one of Woodland’s largest construction projects to date, its new $43 million high school will have a classroom capacity of about 850 students when it opens in the fall of 2015. District officials have been trying to cope with overcrowding for more than a decade. The current high school, built in 1954, was designed for 400 students and now holds more than 600, many in portables. The new, 156,000 sq.ft. school is located just off the Dike Road exit of I-5.Woodland voters overwhelmingly approved a $52.8 million bond in 2012 to replace the current high school, enhance safety and security and replace the old gym at Yale Elementary. In addition to classrooms, the school will feature an 8000 sq.ft. commons area which will serve as both an auditorium and cafeteria, 1,500 seat grandstand, competition sports fields, practice field, library, computer rooms and administration facilities. The Woodland School District will use its current high school building to reconfigure its middle school, and will be able to move students out of portable classrooms as a result. Currently, seventh and eighth graders use the middle school. Next year, fifth through eighth-graders will attend classes there, utilizing both the middle and former high school.