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Joplin opens new high school

Original high school, along with four other schools, destroyed by 2011 tornado
  • Joplin Public Schools in Missouri opened the doors to the brand new Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center on Aug. 25.
  • The school includes four student/staff safe rooms and one community safe room that provide shelter during severe weather.
  • The high school includes windows and glass throughout the building to allow everyone to see the learning in progress.
  • There are flexible learning spaces throughout the campus to support a 21st-century learning focus on collaborative work and student-led study. Above is a rendering of the new cafeteria.
  • The school's new 2,500-seat gymnasium.
  • The school's new entryway.

Joplin Public Schools in Missouri opened the doors to the brand new Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center on Aug. 25.

The original high school, along with a technical school, two elementary schools and a middle school, was destroyed in May 2011 after a tornado devastated the area.

“This is the last of our major rebuilding projects,” says district spokesperson Kelli Price. “For our school district, this opening will mark the end of a long, difficult journey to recover and rebuild from the disaster.”