Nicholas J. Begich Middle School
Construction of the the new Nicholas J. Begich Middle School began in April 2005 and was completed ahead of schedule and within budget.
Begich Middle School is home to approximately 1,000 students living in northeast Anchorage. The new school helped relieve long-standing overcrowding at three middle schools and houses sixth-graders from five elementary schools. This is the district’s second 6-7-8 middle school.
The 174,000 square foot school is a two-story facility that features the latest technology to enhance instruction and includes a fully-equipped science lab with preparation rooms, applied technology, art, family and consumer science, physical education and music areas. The school design is focused on multi-purpose use for the school and community.
1% for Art
Elizabeth Busch was commissioned to create a piece of artwork for the 1% for Art program that now hangs in Begich Middle School. The piece, titled "Frontier Spirit: Maine to Alaska", is made of woven mylar panels that are strung on strong steel frames and suspended by cable.
About the school
Name, mascot & colors
On November 13, 2006 the Anchorage School Board chose Nicholas J. Begich Middle School to be the name for the new Muldoon area middle school.
After visiting all seven feeders schools and counting nearly 800 ballots, the official mascot was voted to be the SNOW LEOPARD and with the colors are BLACK AND SILVER. Current middle schools' colors & mascots »
Learn more about the facility and its construction, find boundary information, and view photos and movies. Fast facts »
Dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony
The school was formally opened as Nicholas J. Begich Middle School during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on August 10, 2007. The public was invited to attend the ceremony and tour the school.
Proposition 1 - Funds improvements to 40 schools plus districtwide relocatable upgrades
- Begich construction & applied technology projects
Addition to expand side of existing Applied Technology Lab Classroom #B121 to construct project. $725,000
- Begich applied technology projects
Fenced work yard adjacent to the Applied Technology Classroom #B121. $75,000
Proposition 3 passed
- Begich CTE upgrades - Technology Lab: Add dust collection system & improve exhaust system in fabrication area. $275,000
Bond holiday - no school bonds went before voters in 2010
The April 2009 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Begich Middle School.
The April 2008 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Begich Middle School.
The April 2007 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Begich Middle School.
The April 2006 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Begich Middle School.
Proposition 1 passed November 2, 2004
Proposition 1 funded the construction of a new middle school near the corner of DeBarr and Muldoon roads.
Proposition 5 failed April 6, 2004
Proposition 5 would have funded the construction of a new middle school for the Muldoon area.