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Inside the new Lourdes High School

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- We were there for the groundbreaking of the new Lourdes High School in Oct. 2011. Since then, things look quite a bit different.

It has come a long way since its groundbreaking. The new facility will provide students with a number of resources and keep the Lourdes tradition going forward. Principal Suzanne Lagerwaard took us on a tour of the new building.

With Easter break on the minds of many Lourdes students, their new home continues to be constructed.

"We're excited. It's warm, it's inviting, it provides the facilities we need to grow with our academics, and with all of our activities and athletics," said Lourdes Principal Suzanne Lagerwaard. "It's an open space with a lot of light conducive for a learning environment."

And each wing of the new building is conducive to making that happen.

"We have four science labs and they are fully equipped for biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology. This is the new gymnasium, it seats a little over 1500, almost 1600 people. Quite a bit larger than the gymnasium that we had in the old school," Lagerwaard said.

And with the gymnasium comes a brand new weight room.

"This is called the forum and we'll be using this room for whole class activities. We can seat about 170 people in this space. We will have a projector and there is a large screen that comes down. This is our new Auditorium. What you see on the side are stain glass windows from Winona. The stage has been designed for theatre," Lagerwaard said.

And you couldn't put on a theater production without a new make-up and dressing room.

"When they are preparing to go on stage these lights are going to provide the perfect backdrop for makeup," Lagerwaard said.

Students will move into the new school on the last two days of this school year.

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