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About 70 percent of the building will be replaced but design honors historic Main Avenue facade

RENDERING COURTESY OF GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT - The glass-encased lobby of Gresham High Schools new theater will create a dramatic visual anchor at Main Avenue and Division Street. The groundbreaking for the "new" Gresham High School set for Wednesday, April 4, will mark the beginning of a major overhaul of the historic Art Deco building. The ceremonial shoveling will take place at the school at 1200 N. Main St. from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

About 70 percent of the building will be replaced as part of the building program funded by the $291.2 million bond Gresham-Barlow School District voters passed in November 2016.

The new school plan creates a dramatic anchor at the corner of Main Avenue and Division Street with the visually sweeping lobby of the new auditorium.

The initial design of the "new" school called for the demolition of the iconic Works Progress Administration-constructed facade along Main Avenue. But after citizen pushback, the design was revamped to preserve more of the features and sculptures of the vintage 1940 building exterior.

In addition to the remodel of Gresham High, Barlow High School will be overhauled and the bond will pay for a new sports stadium.

East and North Gresham elementary schools are being replaced. Hall and Hollydale elementary schools and Deep-Creek-Damascus K-8 will get 16 new classrooms to ease overcrowding. All district schools are getting safety and security upgrades.

For more information about the Gresham-Barlow 2016 school bond building program, visit gresham-barlowbond.org.

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