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Woodrow Wilson High School Reopens After $115 Million Renovation

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D.C. Public Schools’ chancellor Kaya Henderson took part in a ribbon cutting Aug. 18 ceremony to celebrate Woodrow Wilson High School's renovation.
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D.C. Public Schools’ chancellor Kaya Henderson took part in a ribbon cutting Aug. 18 ceremony to celebrate Woodrow Wilson High School's renovation.

Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. celebrated their $115 million renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

"Spectacular," "magnificent" and "world class" were some of the words used to describe the high school – and that was just from one person at the ceremonial event.

It's approximately the size of six-and-a-half football fields, with a new 850-seat auditorium, two gyms and a glass-covered atrium, which bathes the entrance to the school in natural light.

C.J. Edwards and Jennifer Lee are looking forward to starting school as freshman on Monday. Jennifer says she likes the natural light.

“They don’t even need to use electricity anymore," she says. "And you can see throughout the school so many beautiful windows. The glass from floor to ceiling, it's just amazing!"

And C.J. says she likes the gym, which has a pair of glowering tiger eyes painted on the wall.

“Our mascot is the tiger,” she says. “We're going to have a ton of home games so everyone's saying those are supposed to intimidate the players. It looks really cool!”

D.C. Public Schools’ chancellor Kaya Henderson says she expects great things to come.

“We hope that you understand how serious we are in our commitment to you,” Henderson says. “How bound and determined we are to provide everything you with everything you need to soar, to absolutely soar.”

The modernization also included new electrical and plumbing systems, a new cafeteria and a fully accessible campus.

Video: Woodrow Wilson High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


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