As the fall 2003 opening of Pickerington High School North approached, school district officials researched how other districts handled new school openings.

As the fall 2003 opening of Pickerington High School North approached, school district officials researched how other districts handled new school openings.

With the 10-year anniversary of the opening of Pickerington's second high school approaching, district officials can boast plans worked to near perfection.

The district took steps to ensure neither Pickerington High School North nor Pickerington High School Central would be left without a paddle academically or athletically.

North and Central have, indeed, achieved success on the playing field and in the classroom.

Sports reporter Dave Purpura takes an in-depth look at how the process evolved in regards to athletics in today's sports section.