As DCPS students head back to school today, Murch School students are heading into brand new classrooms at their old location, 36th and Davenport Streets.
For many, it won’t be their first glimpse of the fully-modernized school. Students got a chance to drop off school supplies and meet their teachers last Friday. And on Saturday, August 18th, Mayor Muriel Bowser presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration with Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, DCPS and DGS officials, and Murch staff.
Today, we cut the ribbon on the fully modernized @murchschool with @MayorBowser and celebrated the start of a new school year with food, fun, and games. Congratulations on your new building Murch Mustangs! pic.twitter.com/muTAy8F86y
— DC Public Schools (@dcpublicschools) August 18, 2018
@murchschool officially enters the modern era! Major props @MurchPrincipal @MurielBowser @marycheh & 100s of parents, kids, teachers, designers, contractors,& officials who made this moment possible after 89 years incl 7 years of SIT meetings! pic.twitter.com/BR3TWvRVs6
— Laura Fisher Kaiser (@laurafkaiser) August 19, 2018
Over the course of the two-year renovation, workers completely gutted and modernized the 1929 building, plus built an addition that more than doubles the school’s footprint. It’s designed to comfortably house more than 700 students, many of whom had ended up in overflow trailer classrooms prior to the renovation.
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