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Willcox High moves into new building

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The students at Willcox High School have a state-of-the-art building on campus. It's a two story burnt orange building you can even see from I-10.

Back in January, 2011, a building that stood in the middle of campus for 50 years caught fire and burned. It took firefighter hours to battle the flames and very little survived. A number of classrooms were destroyed.  Due to the extent of damage, it was even to hard to determine a cause of the fire.

Lee Miller has been teaching at the high school for 14 years. She lost her classroom and frogs that were given to her by past students.

"There was nothing, it was terrible, my rows were still nice and perfect, the metal frames on the desk, there was no tops it was gone," said Miller.

In August 2012 work began on a bond, which approved building a replacement for the old building. Fast forward seven months and the project is complete.

Students and teachers officially moved in two years, one month, one week and one day after the fire ruined the old building. "It's really nice it's a lot better than anything else we have had," said Mayra Hernandez, a senior at the high school.

For awhile the students had to shuffle between the local college classrooms, the middle school and scatter all over the high school for classes. The new building keeps most of the students on campus.

The new two story building has 16 classrooms, two computer labs, a kitchen and three science labs. In the old building there was a single computer lab and science teachers had to share the one science lab. Also each classroom has a smart board and two dry erase boards.

"For one it was exciting just to have something new, it was so exciting, I was willing to wait I would of waited until this summer to have this state of the art building," said Miller.

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