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City officials and Wilson High School students launched a renovation yesterday that will leave the school with a new visual and performing arts center, new gyms and a large skylight over what is now affectionately called the prison yard.
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City officials and Wilson High School students launched a renovation yesterday that will leave the school with a new visual and performing arts center, new gyms and a large skylight over what is now affectionately called the prison yard.

By Kavitha Cardoza

Faculty and students at Wilson High School in northwest D.C. are getting ready for a $110 million renovation of their campus.

The approximately 1,500 students will be moved to the University of the District of Columbia campus for the next academic year. U.D.C. was chosen because it is Metro accessible and cost effective. Principal Peter Cahall says his staff is already packing up. "It's going to be a military operation," says Cahall. "There's 75 years of junk in this building so we're actually preparing now, so we're not doing it all in June."

Natalia Bonilla is one of the students hoping this means more freedom. "You get to leave for lunch and you get to get your own food," says Bonilla. "That's pretty cool."

While others, including Imani Humphries, are nervous. "I'm afraid though, having to deal with other environments," says Humphries. "I'm just happy we're all together, they didn't separate us or anything."

After the renovation, Wilson will have a new visual and performing arts center, new gyms and a large skylight over what's now affectionately called the "prison yard."

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