UPDATE: Repairs at Emerson Elementary, Highland High School, and East High School

  • front of East High School

Update: Friday, August 11, 2017

If you are interested in helping East High School and their students, the Salt Lake Education Foundation has set up an online donation page

We are grateful for your generosity! 

Update: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Smith's store director Nate Valdez with East High principal Greg Maughan and others from East HighThe Smith's grocery store near 900 East and 800 South has donated $500 to East High to help the school replenish the student food pantry, which was damaged during the severe weather on July 26. Principal Greg Maughan said he is grateful for the donation and for Smith's continued support of the school. Here is a story about the donation from Channel 4. 

If you are interested in helping the students at East, you can drop off a donation at the school or contact the Family Involvement Coordinator, Kris Barta, on the school’s website

Update: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

East High School repairs are coming along! Here is the latest story on East High repairs from KUER. Our Auxiliary Services Department is working with contractors and a crew of about 90 people who are working around the clock to make sure East is ready for the first day of school. A few of the things they're working on: 

  • Electrical work is being completed in many rooms, and repairs are being made to the school heating and air conditioning systems. 
  • Drywall is being replaced and flooded rooms are being painted. 
  • Clean-up is almost done in the weight room, and it should be ready for use soon. 

In short, things are looking good! Some repairs, such as the basketball floor, may not be finished by the first day of school, but all essential infrastructure will be in place for our students to have a great start to the school year. 

At Highland, repairs are coming along smoothly, and all wall repairs will be completed later this week.


In the early morning hours on July 26, a record-setting storm made its way across Salt Lake City. More than two inches of rain fell in less than an hour, causing damage at three of our schools: Emerson Elementary, Highland High School, and East High School. The most severe damage was felt at East High, where the entire basement flooded, as well as the basketball gym and several classrooms on the second floor. Several classrooms were damaged at Emerson, and Highland sustained damage to the fitness center, wrestling room, photography and driver's ed classrooms, and batting cages. 

Our Facilities and Auxiliary Services teams were on the ground within an hour of the damage occurring at East and are on track to have all three schools ready for the first day of school on Monday, August 21. 


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  • garden area at front of school
  • worker painting a classroom wall
  • weight room
  • weight room
  • main commons area and lunchroom
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