While I was in my English class one day in November, a sudden blast of instruments came from outside our building.

The A.C. Davis band was playing across the street, and my class realized what had begun: the remodel of the high school. Last fall marked the first phase of construction. The entire construction project is scheduled to be completed September 2015.

Plenty of orange and black ribbon marked the campus, and T-shirts were created to celebrate the day.

I could not help but be saddened by that day as well as excited for the change. Davis will no longer be the same fortress-like building that I have come to know over the past year, but it will still be full of Pirate pride.

Students were notified on Nov. 13 that traffic and street changes would begin. The main student parking spaces would be moved and Seventh Avenue would be closed.

I am excited for the changes coming to my school. But I will always remember my first day of freshman year in 2011, as I was gazing up at the three flights of stairs I would somehow have to climb every day just to reach first period.

Similar to then, Davis construction will be something to get used to, but exciting as well; many steps have to be cleared to reach a new Davis.

• Ava Gempler is a sophomore at Davis High School and a member of Yakima Herald-Republic’s Unleashed journalism program for high school students.