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Whitfield County's new Coahulla Creek High is a showplace

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VARNELL, WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -  A public high school with no lockers and no textbooks? You won't find many.  But Whitfield County's new Coahulla Creek High School, near Prater's Mill in Varnell is blazing a new trail.  Students will download their study materials on their new Android tablets, eliminating the need for textbooks and heavy backpacks to lug between their home and school.

Assistant principal Stephanie Hungerpiller said, "With this school, they'll be able to do much of their work online, preparing them for college."

This $45 million dollar high school comes complete with outdoor classroom space, ready-made athletic fields to host the Coahulla Colts, modern dining facilities, a first-class weight room and perhaps most impressively, a gymnasium that would be the envy of many colleges.

The school was built to alleviate overcrowding in the county's two older high schools, Northwest and Southeast Whitfield.  In the beginning, about 700 students are expected, with a future projection of around 1200 students in each of the three schools.  Teachers hope a smaller enrollment at each school will create close-knit learning communities.

With an outdoor first impression second to none, and cutting edge design throughout the building, Coahulla Creek is already getting attention inside and outside Whitfield County, as a school of the future.  A "sneak peek" for parents and students, as well as community members is set for Thursday August 4, from 4 until 6 p.m., with the first day of classes set for August 10.

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