Debbie Smith CTE Academy

  • Debbie Smith CTE Academy will be built on the campus of the former Procter R. Hug High School. 

    Construction began on Debbie Smith CTE Academy in November 2022. The new career and technical education high school is slated to open in August 2025 and is the second CTE high school in WCSD. Construction progress is moving along nicely at the Debbie Smith CTE Academy. Abatement activities on the existing facilities are nearly complete and the contractor is preparing to move into the build-out portion of work for the interiors of these facilities. In addition, work is being done on electrical and plumbing rough-ins and trench work of concrete sections for new underground plumbing. In preparation for the upcoming concrete slab pour for the new Building A, work is being finalized on getting all underground utilities in place. Throughout the site, new retaining walls are being built and rough grading work continues.  

    These photographs (from Evan Perry Aerial Imaging) show an overview of the work at the school site in early 2024.

    Aerial view looking south 

    Please watch this video of an overview of this project including interviews with our construction partners, Q&D Construction.

    To see drone footage of the construction site, please enjoy this video.

    Several current buildings on the Procter Hug campus will be utilized in the design, while others will be demolished and replaced. In total, the campus will include 40 teaching stations, and spaces for each of the CTE Academies: Culinary Arts with Hospitality and Tourism, Engineering & Manufacturing, Marketing and Multimedia, BioMedical, Practical Nursing and Nursing Assistant, Natural Resources & Animal Sciences, Welding and Metalworking, Building Construction and Technology, and Teaching & Training, as well as space for athletics. RiSE Academy for Adult Education will also be moved to the location.

    Debbie Smith CTE Academy will join AACT as a sister school. Both schools will offer a comprehensive high school education that includes CTE programming. 

    WCSD celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, September 12. To watch the event, please enjoy this video. 

    After a community engagement process, the final logo for the CTE schools has been selected: 

the new logo for debbie smith cte academy, a standing maverick

Quick Facts

    • Location: 2880 Sutro Street, Reno 89512
    • Architect: Van Woert Bigotti
    • Contractor: Q&D Construction
    • Capacity: TBD
    • Cost: $120 - $125 million, subject to board approval. 
    • Namesake: Debbie Smith was a Nevada State Senator who represented parts of Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, and unincorporated Washoe County. She previously served in the state assembly, was a member of the Lander County School Board, and a past president of the Nevada State PTA. She sponsored many pieces of legislation to improve public education, including the bill that led to the creation of the 2016 ballot question WC-1 which gave WCSD the capital funding for the Wildcreek Project. This is the first WCSD high school named after a woman.