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Students heading back to Roosevelt High School next week will be surrounded by construction as the school continues a $100 million renovation project. (KPTV) Students heading back to Roosevelt High School next week will be surrounded by construction as the school continues a $100 million renovation project. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Roosevelt High School students returning to school Monday may hear the sounds of heavy construction equipment along with the usual classroom chatter.

The north Portland high school is still under construction, part of a roughly $100 million project to rebuild and upgrade the school.

When students arrive on Monday, construction will be going on around them, but they will also find new buildings and an entirely new entrance. 

School officials took an afternoon tour Friday to review the work done this summer on Phase One of a four-step construction project.

The entire project won't be finished until January 2018, but the new state of the art classrooms and equipment phase one has brought to the 95-year-old public school is stunning, especially for anyone that has been inside some of Portland’s older schools

There is even a technology lab called a Maker's Space where students will be able to have a hands-on experience using a 3-D printer.

Roosevelt has traditionally been one of Portland’s poorest performing high schools, but the school is turning around and the graduation rate is rising.

With the new Roosevelt, teachers said they are excited to welcome students into their new classrooms

Students are also getting a new gym for both assemblies and sports. Athletic director Stuart Smith said while the gym with the nice new Nike logo is great, even more important is the pride the students will feel in their renovated school

“To have this brand new facility in north Portland is going to make a world of difference for our kids,” he said. “What they'll feel inside and the pride they'll feel as the Roosevelt Roughriders, you'll see it from Day One.”

Despite the fact that construction can be seen right outside the window in some classrooms, school officials said it isn't as bad as it was last year when construction first started.

While school officials say construction will be going on around the students, it won't be going on in the classrooms where they are learning. The district said it is taking safety precautions around the construction zones.

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