The Baltimore Ravens unveiled Monday their completed $1.5 million renovation project at Renaissance Academy High School in Baltimore City. The Ravens decided to fund the restoration after multiple news stories highlighted the students’ and community’s dedication to the school, amid fears it would be forced to close. The School's Promise Heights Initiative is an active partner with the Academy and instrumental in its operation.
Ravens president Dick Cass, TE Benjamin Watson and Ravens Ring of Honor member Ed Reed joined Baltimore City mayor Catherine Pugh, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises and University of Maryland, Baltimore president Jay Perman to highlight improvements made to the high school over the past several months.
Some of the reconstruction highlights at Renaissance Academy include:
Large classrooms modified to increase office space for social workers and mentors who need private facilities to efficiently provide counseling services to students
New food pantry and laundry room to provide critical resources for students in need
A new and inviting lobby at the school’s entranceway
Updated science and art rooms
Cosmetic and beautification projects completed throughout the school, including fresh painting, new lighting and graphics, which feature impactful and inspirational quotes
A large student common area designed for studying and socializing among classmates