Joplin High School Opens for Business

6 years 10 months 5 days ago Thursday, August 18 2011 Aug 18, 2011 Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:47:00 PM CDT August 18, 2011 in News
By: Cidney King
loading

JOPLIN- Joplin high school students had a mix of emotions on Wednesday as they started their first day back to school after the tornado. Confused students, nervous jitters and new surroundings made returning juniors and seniors seem more like freshmen. The first day of school for these students meant they had to adjust to new schedules, new classrooms and a new building.

Emma Cox, a high school senior woke up early to prepare for the first day back.

"I'm more excited than any other time every for first day of school. It's not only my senior year but we're in a brand new building that was designed specifically for us."

The new high school cost about $30 million to complete.

Some students were skeptical of the new building at first.

"When I first heard we were going to the mall, I thought it was a big joke," said senior Brad White.

Take a look around the new high school and you'll see new classrooms, state of the art technology and trendy eating quarters.

The school features plasma TV's, personal laptops and functional classrooms.
You would never know this use to be a vacant department store.

Making the building feel like a school was a top goal of architects.

"They can drive to the mall, they can see the mall, but when they get into the school it's an environment that's going to draw them in everyday and make them excited to come to school," Architect Kevin Greischar said.

"We were challenged to design a building in only 55 days."

With half the space of the old high school, architects got creative with a building that was not designed to be a high school.

"We came up with names for spaces that students that really didn't have classrooms we called them studios, we didn't have media centers we called them information links," Greischar said.

Even with creative layout of the building, one teacher was concerned about some of the designs.

"The walls only go about three quarters of the way up so it's really easy to hear the teachers next door to you," said social studies teacher, Tobin Shultz.

Most classroom walls don't touch the ceiling. Some even move.
Noise from the hallways and other classrooms may be a distraction for students.
But architects say noise shouldn't become a problem.

"The noise might be a little bit there but we also know that the teachers and students will kind of modulate their activities based on that," Greischar said.

One parent agrees.

"Kids here in Joplin were ready for a change ready for a new environment and I think they'll embrace it and do well," Pierre Jason said.

With all the uncertainty surrounding these students the last few months, one thing is for sure.
You can expect to see them bright and early at the start of the school day.

 

More News

Grid
List
CAMDEN COUNTY - Two teenage boys suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident Friday night, according to the Missouri State... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:34:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A national gathering in St. Louis in September will focus on election security. Missouri... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:54:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 30-year-old inmate was charged Friday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 8:41:21 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
BOONVILLE – Police said a technician at a local gas station found an internal skimmer device inside a gas pump... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 4:49:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Fulton man could face more than 200 years in prison after being found guilty of 12... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 4:01:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The U.S. House passed the 2018 farm bill, formally known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 3:49:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
FULTON - Despite rainfall these past two days, statistics show most of Missouri is dryer than usual. Data released... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 3:37:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
HUNTSVILLE – The sentencing phase of the trial for a convicted murderer began Friday. Jeffrey Nichols was convicted Thursday... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Graduate students at the University of Missouri celebrated Thursday after they were officially considered employees, but the celebration... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 2:32:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU has faced big challenges in recent years - from changes in administration to loss of state funding... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 1:43:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Police Department has canceled an Amber Alert for Brajean Sledge, a missing 15-year-old girl... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 10:29:00 AM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border was plunged deeper into chaos over President Donald Trump's... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 7:52:00 AM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Mike Parson signed his first five bills as Missouri's governor Friday. The bills he signed... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 7:17:00 AM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- More than 30 children attending a summer camp in Florida were taken to the hospital Thursday after they... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 7:12:00 AM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - Authorities said a Gravois Mills woman died in a one-vehicle car accident near Laurie, Missouri. According... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 6:32:00 AM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A statewide campaign encourages expecting mothers to monitor their infant's movement in the womb. The Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 4:14:00 AM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - After months of tension between citizens and city officials, the city council met for the first time... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:30:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
AUXVASSE - Police in Auxvasse posted a warning on Facebook Wednesday about unlicensed salesmen in the area, but the company... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:15:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
2pm 79°
3pm 79°
4pm 81°
5pm 81°