A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Topsail High School was held on December 12, 2006 at 2:00 PM and on December 30, 2008 construction was completed on the new school, located within walking distance to the former Topsail High School and Topsail Middle School. The new school opened for students on January 5, 2009, with a capacity of 1500 students. The new 224,727-square-foot (20,877. 8 m2), two-story high school facility includes two gymnasiums, a theater/auditorium wing, and a separate shop building for wood, metal and automotive classes. The former Topsail High School building has been renovated and is now occupied by Topsail Middle School starting in August 2009.