Planning Commission discusses location of second Harrisonburg high school

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — On Wednesday evening, the Harrisonburg Planning Commission held public hearings to discuss requests from Harrisonburg City Public Schools regarding the second high school.

Map showing the site for construction of Harrisonburg's second high school.

The first hearing was to determine if the site is in accord with Harrisonburg's comprehensive plan.

The 60-acre site is adjacent to Interstate 81 and sits between Boxwood Court and East Kaylor Park Drive, just behind Valley Lanes, Steven Toyota, and the Harrisonburg Auto Outlet.

The second hearing was concerning a request to rezone the site from R- 5C, highly residential, to B-2, General business district.

No one stood up to speak during the public hearings.

The planning commission voted to approve both requests.

The land was owned by James Madison University as a former prospective property for the Union Bank & Trust Center, and the sale to the city of Harrisonburg was made in partnership with the university and the Harrisonburg School Board.

Members of the public can submit programming and/or design suggestions for the new school via email to