Local Fire Departments Participate In Training At QGHS Gymnasium Site

Building Engulfed in Flames.
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MINT HILL, NC – Three local Fire Departments participated in a fire burning training session at Queens Grant High School’s new property site. The Mint Hill Fire Department, Matthews Fire Department, and the school’s neighbor, Idlewild Fire Department all contributed to the exercise.

Firefighters in Action.
Firefighters in Action.

The building used for the training exercise was a former homesite. It will be replaced by a new Activity Center which will provide the school with the flexibility they seek to meet their expectations.



The new facility will have a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. It will also serve as another location where the cheerleaders may be able to practice indoors. The building will have a stage for concerts, school shows, and other events. The administration also plans on holding future graduations at the Activity Center.

Mint Hill Firemen Observe.
Mint Hill Firemen Observe.

“This project has been a long time coming,” said Principal Josh Swartzlander. “In order for our school to grow, we had to increase our campus facilities to attract the students we seek. We want to offer a viable and solid foundational education alternative to the community.”

The high school has gained a reputation as a good option for students entering grades nine through twelve. As a charter school, the school has increased its enrollment over time to 500 students. The school would like to add an additional 50 or more students on campus starting in the Fall of 2021-2022 increasing their enrollment to 550.

Jax a New Recruit.
Jaxzen a New Recruit.

Queen’s Grant opened its doors in 2009 and has grown in stature and reputation by providing a quality alternative to students and their parents. From its humble beginning, the school had a vision of a commitment to excellence in academic achievement. It also focuses on establishing a strong moral character foundation for its students.

Queens Grant High School has now reached the point in its development to reach for a new goal: to become one of the finest high schools in the state of North Carolina. However, in order to accomplish this lofty endeavor, the leaders must provide excellent facilities on campus to attract, develop, and accommodate their continued success.

Firemen Manning Pumper Truck Console.
Firemen Manning Pumper Truck Console.

“It’s about building strong minds and personal integrity,” said Principal Swartzlander. “The school is moving in the right direction; the campus has changed dramatically and is beginning to have the appearance of a private school environment with small classrooms, committed educators, and an administration devoted to offering an exceptional alternative to the surrounding large district school systems in the area.”

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