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Upgrades finished at Barlow High School, adding 20 classrooms, new commons, theater

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT - Barlow High Schools new student commons features this stadium seating area, just waiting for students to hang out or study.

The final touches have all been polished on the remodel of Barlow High School, although students will have to wait to see the finished product.

About 45% of the school was rebuilt, with 20 new classrooms added in a new 2-story wing, replacing part of the 50-year-old, single-story school.

The Bruins' theater got a remodel and a new black box space. The library was updated. Courtyards got makeovers.

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT - The newly remodeled Barlow High School theater is ready for its close-up.

The school's main entrance was flipped to Lusted Road from the old 302nd Avenue entry. The new entrance is a sweeping, glassed-in, airy, two-story space, accented with warm wood.

Students will be able to study and hang out in a new student commons, which has been expanded and remodeled. The commons has a wide "stadium seating" area next to a stairway to the second floor. The commons also features floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light.

The Bruins also got a long-awaited, state-of the-art sports stadium as part of the construction project.

Students have yet to see the final version of their "new" school, at 5105 S.E. 302nd Ave., although they attended school in the building as it was being built and remodeled around them. Multnomah County public schools have been closed since March in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The remodel of Barlow was paid for by a $291.2 million bond Gresham-Barlow district voters approved in November 2016.

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT - A courtyard got a makeover. COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT - A view to the new second floor. The floors are a shiny, low-maintenance, polished concrete.

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