ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — On Wednesday, one of the largest school districts in the Wiregrass began its 2023-24 school year.

Following the pandemic, a first-day tradition has resumed in the school’s gymnasium.

With its new gym strobe lights, the E.H.S Wildcat cheerleaders helped set the mood for an exciting start to the new school year at Enterprise High School.

For Principal Stan Sauls, getting the 2,100 students off on a good foot for the new academic year is a tradition that dates back for more than two decades. It had been put on hold in close quarters during the pandemic.

“The community of Enterprise is just a special place, it’s one school, one town and our community really rallies behind the education system here in Enterprise,” says Principal Sauls.

And for two members of the Wildcat Swim Team, they hope to make a big splash along with Enterprise High this upcoming school year.

“I’ve been here all four years. I’m really excited to get going to Auburn to become a commercial pilot. I’m excited to make new friends, make new memories and finish the year off strong,” says senior swimmer Jasmine Newkirk.

“A very long way here. I mean so many kids, what 2,000 here? One friend will get you throughout the day,” says sophomore swimmer Annabella Willard.

Principal Sauls says the first day of school is not only exciting for the students but also for the faculty and the support employees like cafeteria workers and bus drivers.