Dickinson school board members and administrators took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new middle school this afternoon.
Since the oil boom, the district has been in need of a middle school.
Last year, 21 middle school classes were taught in an elementary school.
Last fall, Dickinson voters approved a bond to build the new facility.
It is the city's first building just for middle schoolers.
"We're really excited about the educational opportunities that this facility will present," said Doug Sullivan, Dickinson Public School superintendent. "And in addition to that, well obviously the facility will be made available for community activities, for public events."
Site preparation is scheduled for next month and the school should be finished by the fall of 2017.