Demolition work began Wednesday morning, part of a multi-million dollar renovation project that voters approved in March 2012.
Construction crews started with the gymnasium, ripping up bleachers and rolling up banners in the halls. A design team is working on re-purposing the wood from the bleachers in the new building.
Administrators jumped at the chance to help out with a bit of the demo work. They said it's just the first of many steps towards a completely new Whitefish High School.
"This is a long time coming. It felt like it was a long ways off and suddenly now its here. To be a part of that is just amazing," said Principal Kerry Drown. "It's an exciting day. It's the foundation of the next year and a half's fun and frolic."
Superintendent Kate Orozco also mentioned that the first of three bid packages have arrived and preliminary numbers indicate the district could be 7% under the $19 million budget.