Auburn Middle School in New Baltimore was officially dedicated Oct. 17 during a ceremony in the new school's gymnasium before a crowd of about 175.

J. David Martin, Fauquier County school superintendent, noted that although Auburn is the county's fifth middle school, it is the first in Fauquier to be built specifically for middle schoolers.

"No doubt everyone here today would agree that a building, especially a school, is so much more than the bricks and mortar that make up the structure," Martin said at the ceremony.

Quoting Winston Churchill, who said, "We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us," Martin added that "Churchill's words could not be truer than when applied to a school building. Our brand-new Auburn Middle School will help to shape the lives of the thousands of students who will be educated here through the coming years."

Principal James Angelo said that over the past 15 months, he had witnessed firsthand the building of the school from the ground up.

"The building that took place moved beyond the physical structure that we are in today. We didn't just build a new school, we created a new school community," he said.

Three Auburn musical groups performed for the dedication. The orchestra played several selections; the Wildcat Band led the national anthem; and the seventh-grade chorus sang "Hope Is Here in the Voices of the Children."

Auburn Middle School's seventh-grade choir sings at the school's dedication.