We are getting a new perspective of the crowding inside South Dakota’s largest school. More than 25,000 students go to Sioux Falls Public Schools. It’s estimated more than 2,300 of those kids go to Roosevelt High School. The west side school is beyond capacity.
“Constantly shoulder to shoulder, pretty packed up close together, not a lot of room,” student Chris Kampa said.
Four students in their junior and senior years of high school say the halls have gotten noticeably more crowded since their freshman year.
“Slowly watching the hallways just build up and get more clustered had been, gets a little more stressful going from class to class,” Kampa said.
Students have five minutes to get where they need to go. It may seem like a long time, but these kids say it isn’t always easy.
“If anyone is trying to go to the bathroom between classes, there’s absolutely no time for that and you can’t make it to your locker. I don’t even know where my locker is; I just carry all my textbooks and stuff because there’s just no hope of trying to get all the way to your locker and back to your class,” student Emily Nix said.
“I do find many students struggling to walk in or running in and saying, ‘Sorry that I was late,'” junior Matt Greisgraber said.
It is why these students think more room would benefit everyone in the future – both in the classroom and in the hallways.
“Spreading all the students out between more updated schools would really give every student a chance to rise to their full potential,” Nix said.
Wednesday, we are going to take you inside Lincoln and Washington High School.