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Woodrow Wilson SHS Back in Business
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Woodrow Wilson SHS Back in Business

Woodrow Wilson Senior High School reopened its doors to the public yesterday, August 18, after a two year $124 million modernization project. The ribbon was cut at 11:30am and people were finally allowed to take a look at the new world of Wilson. As a graduate from the class of 2004, I was in utter shock. It's hard to believe that when I was in high school, the walls of the swimming pool at Wilson collapsed and were not fixed until years later when the renovation of the Wilson Aquatic center began shortly before modernization for the rest of the building. At the old Wilson, the gym made peoples skin look yellow because of terrible florescent lighting. In most classrooms, the paint was peeling off the walls. In my English class, students had peeled the paint into a shape resembling Africa. It was normal for a desk to be covered in graffiti or be broken. I don't even want to talk about the bathrooms. Now, all of this has changed. 

The new entrance to Wilson is gorgeous. The metal detectors are still there, but the space has been entirely transformed. Instead of entering into a dark, dungeon-like basement, you enter the building and find yourself standing in an atrium full of natural light with a glass ceiling as high as Wilson's top floor. The lockers throughout the school are all new and even contain built in locks. The classrooms are from another world of education. The graffiti and peeling paint is gone. The desks are all brand new. There are new dry erase boards, computers, flat screen TV monitors, even real Chemistry labs. It's hard to believe this is the same school. The new gym has normal lighting and even a nice mural of a tiger on the wall. There is even a second "practice" gym located off the hallway on the eastern wing of the school.  

As I walked around it was hard for me to believe I was standing in a DCPS building. However, this could be the start of something new for the city. Earlier this week, another ribbon was cut to unveil a brand new $102 million H.D. Woodson. Anyone who remembers what the old building looked like has to understand how monumental that moment must have been.  In addition, major changes are happening in Ward 7. Anacostia High School, now under the management of Friendship Public Charter School has undergone the first phase of modernization. In addition, Mayor Vincent Gray has recently announced the Ballou will be completely rebuilt.  

 

 

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