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Most of phase 2 projects including library and offices will be finished by fall

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The new Gresham High School media center, or library, will be on the second floor along what used to be the back of the high school.

Dozens of workers buzzed around the second phase of construction at Gresham High School, which will give students a big new gym and light-filled library, as well as other features.

"It's busy today," said Jason Bhear, assistant principal, pointing out the features on a tour of the work in progress at the construction site.

Phase two of the massive construction project on the north end of the high school includes the gym, library, counseling and administrative offices, four new classrooms and more.

The counseling and administrative offices, three vocational classrooms and a leadership classroom, along with the library, computer lab and a courtyard, will be open when students start school in the fall of 2020.

The new gym, which borders Main Avenue, and about two-thirds of the student commons, should be finished in February, about 11 months from now. It will seat 1,600 people and contain two full basketball courts. The weight room on the second floor of the gym will include a turf area for tire and sled workouts and a 40-yard dash track.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Workers are pouring concrete for steps to the old north wing of Gresham High School, which was not demolished. The grey wall is the exterior of the new gym and the space below the workers will be a courtyard.

There will also be a new women's locker room.

The Gophers are already attending classes in the 54 new classrooms, including a band room, choir room and black box theater completed in phase one of the construction at the more southern end of the school.

The snazzy new auditorium at the corner of Main Avenue and Division Street will host its first performance, a choir concert, in April.

The new auto shop is also open and teaching students repair skills.

About 70% of the old high school at 1200 N. Main Ave. is being replaced in the remodel.

The main entrance to the school has been flipped from Main Avenue to what was the back of the school.

The new building honors the old one, which was designed, built and decorated with sculptures and iron work in 1940 by craftsmen from the Works Progress Administration.

The Gresham High rebuild is being paid for by a $291.2 million bond Gresham-Barlow district voters approved in November 2016.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The new section of the high school along Main Avenue will be set back from the street much farther than the old main entrance as the placement of the old ginkgo trees shows.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Dozens of craftspeople were hard at work on the phase two construction of Gresham High School. Much of it will be ready for students and staff in the fall of 2020.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The library, or media center, will serve the Gophers next fall.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The gym walls are still going up. It wont be open to students until February.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - A view of the new gym from Main Avenue.


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