Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School

  • Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School will be built on the campus of the former Procter R. Hug High School. 

    Construction began on Debbie Smith CTE Academy High School in November 2022. The new CTE high school is slated to open in August 2025. 

    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 & Nutrition, Engineering & Robotics, Marketing, Medical Careers, Natural Resources & Animal Sciences, Skilled Trades, and Teaching & Training, as well as space for athletics. RiSE Academy for Adult Education and a new Board Room 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. 

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

the new logo for debbie smith cte academy, a compass with mountains inside

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.