Owatonna High School: Let's Write the Next Chapter

We are committed to working with our community—that means you—to help us write the next chapter for the current high school campus. In November 2019, our community generously supported two bond referendum questions. Question 1 allocated $104M toward the construction of a new high school building; Question 2 allocated $8M toward repurposing the current high school campus for school district and/or community needs.

As the School District moves forward, your input is helping guide how the current Owatonna High School property will be used and supported by our community members to satisfy the passing of question 2 referenced above. We heard what you think and now are moving onto the next phase.

Your ideas will help inform efforts of a newly commissioned community member task force to be established in Fall 2021. This team will examine and recommend the best use of the property leading to the final project scope in December of 2021.

Questions? If they are regarding plans for the existing high school, please direct to 'Ask the Superintendent' below.

We hear you and value your input! #OwatonnaProud


The next phase will include research and exploration of the ideas shared and determining what might fit within our allocated budget, what partnerships might be built to fund non district programs, and enter define future district utilization of the current OHS property. (See the Planning Schedule at the right for more information.)


Wondering about the progress of the new high school?

Visit the project page here.
Or click here and scroll down to see construction drone footage, rendering photos, and project photos.

We are committed to working with our community—that means you—to help us write the next chapter for the current high school campus. In November 2019, our community generously supported two bond referendum questions. Question 1 allocated $104M toward the construction of a new high school building; Question 2 allocated $8M toward repurposing the current high school campus for school district and/or community needs.

As the School District moves forward, your input is helping guide how the current Owatonna High School property will be used and supported by our community members to satisfy the passing of question 2 referenced above. We heard what you think and now are moving onto the next phase.

Your ideas will help inform efforts of a newly commissioned community member task force to be established in Fall 2021. This team will examine and recommend the best use of the property leading to the final project scope in December of 2021.

Questions? If they are regarding plans for the existing high school, please direct to 'Ask the Superintendent' below.

We hear you and value your input! #OwatonnaProud


The next phase will include research and exploration of the ideas shared and determining what might fit within our allocated budget, what partnerships might be built to fund non district programs, and enter define future district utilization of the current OHS property. (See the Planning Schedule at the right for more information.)


Wondering about the progress of the new high school?

Visit the project page here.
Or click here and scroll down to see construction drone footage, rendering photos, and project photos.

Do you have a question about plans for the current "existing" high school? Ask your question here.

You need to be signed in to add your question.

  • Does the district anticipate demolition of any of the existing property?

    Matt Kottke asked 2 months ago

    The district does not anticipate the need for additional building square footage. However, if no other interest parties emerge as a part of the process, part of the budget does accommodate for any potential demolition. Areas that could be impacted by this include:

    • G-wing (Math, Science and Industrial Tech area)
    • Lunchroom
    • Atrium area
    • Underground plaza areas
    • 1921 portion of the building, including the auditorium.
  • From what I understand, one of the things we voted on was adding $8 million toward the current high school site. How exactly will that money be used? Updates? Demolition? I imagine it must be earmarked for something specific.

    Owatonna Transplant asked 3 months ago

    Based on the two question passed in the recent referendum vote, the school district has an allocated $11 million for the re-use of the current Owatonna High School campus. While the district is currently reviewing public comment and suggestions – many of which came through Engage Owatonna – and developing an action plan, there are some areas where the district believes some of the funds could be allocated:

    • The three-story portion at the northwest corner (C Plaza) is anticipated to be remodeled to house district administration offices.
    • The Ag/Annex building is anticipated to be utilized for district maintenance shops.
    • Tennis courts to remain available for district and community use.
    • Gymnasium and locker rooms anticipated to house High School and youth gymnastics programs.
    • Field and track to remain available for district and community use.
  • Are there portions of the current campus that can be saved? If so, will the district be open to partnerships with others?

    remarksjeff asked 2 months ago

    Based on the two question passed in the recent referendum vote, the school district has an allocated $11 million for the re-use of the current Owatonna High School campus. While the district is currently reviewing public comment and suggestions – many of which came through Engage Owatonna – and developing an action plan, there are some areas where the district believes some of the funds could be allocated:

    • The three-story portion at the northwest corner (C Plaza) is anticipated to be remodeled to house district administration offices.
    • The Ag/Annex building is anticipated to be utilized for district maintenance shops.
    • Tennis courts to remain available for district and community use.
    • Gymnasium and locker rooms anticipated to house High School and youth gymnastics programs.
    • Field and track to remain available for district and community use.


    If additional portions of the campus buildings were to be saved, additional funding for improvement and remodeling of facilities would be needed from outside partners. Any portions that would be used for other programs would also have to address funding for operation and ongoing maintenance. The district is remaining flexible in their plans at this time depending on participation of other partners in the re-use of the campus.

Page last updated: 07 October 2021, 12:36