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From rundown to renewed: Renovations coming along at South Oak Cliff HS

There’s construction across nearly every inch of the Dallas ISD campus.

DALLAS — Some major changes are underway around the South Oak Cliff High School campus – there’s construction across nearly every inch of it.

Contractors are bust renovating the nearly 70-year-old school. Additions are being added in and around the building as part of the upgrades.

Among new features students and staff will find in the Fall includes an addition called the Legacy Concourse. It is a pass-through that will highlight the school’s history. A new weight room with floor-to-ceiling windows will give students views to the outside. There will be a new Fine Arts Center on the campus. Two brand-new gymnasiums are also under construction.

“One of the things that really makes this unique is the fact that they have a competition facility on their own campus," Dallas ISD Project Manager Kevin Williams said.

In the past, South Oak Cliff athletes had to compete at an off-site field house. Now, the community can enjoy varsity and junior varsity games at home.

The front of the campus is already transforming. There is a new drop-off area for students. The entrance along Marsalis Avenue is getting a modernized look.

“There’s a new façade, and new main entry we think will act like a beacon or a point of pride for the community," Williams said.

The frame is in place for a glass covered architectural design that will add character to the main street. Behind it, there is a community room overlooking the atrium.

"I just really want to see the students face when they return back to South Oak Cliff," Williams said.

About $42 million is going into the renovation project as part of the 2015 bond.

"What I see is progress,” said Scott Layne, Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent of Operations. “Things that are going to help our kids.”

South Oak Cliff High School students had to move out of their campus, temporarily, so renovations could be completed this school year.

Right now, the classes are being held at Dallas ISD’s Village Fair building. Students and staff are expected to return to their home campus in the fall.