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Published August 12, 2011, 06:09 PM

Davies High School opens this week

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- An incredible week is ahead to mark the opening of Davies High School on the city's south-side. An open house and ribbon cutting will kick-off the celebration that will later welcome members of the Little Rock Nine and Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. This all is a backdrop for the opening of the Davies school building, which is now complete.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- An incredible week is ahead to mark the opening of Davies High School on the city's south-side. An open house and ribbon cutting will kick-off the celebration that will later welcome members of the Little Rock Nine and Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. This all is a backdrop for the opening of the Davies school building, which is now complete.

You sure won't see this very often. A corn field that surrounds a state of the art $44 million school. Davies High School Principal Dr. Jeff Schatz has lived, breathed and helped shepherd the 294 thousand square foot school, which will be home to just over a thousand students when it opens its doors in just days.

Dr. Jeff Schatz – Davies Principal: “They've been waiting and waiting and it has come to a point where they do have a place and they can walk in and say this is our identity and that is where we are going to school.”

There are some "wow" moments when touring the school. Architecture highlights throughout, a Davies gymnasium, 8 lane indoor pool, weight lifting, auditorium and the latest technology available anywhere in the school.

Schatz: “With new construction you have the chance to use state of the art technology so wireless access and projectors instead of TV’s.”

And here at Davies, it is just not Fargo schools but Fargo Parks is involved, in fact they will administer the outdoor pool which will be open to the public. The outdoor pool is also surrounded by a new football field, track, with stadium seating and track, soccer and baseball fields as well as tennis courts. The students took their first trip through the school today.

Justin Beach – Davies Tennis Player: “We have been at the Middle School the last two years and the courts are not that nice, now we have new ones and it feels like home.”

Josh Stenhjem – Davies Tennis Player: “Everything is state of the art, nice to have our own school.”

Administrators say students love the appeal and look of the building and the outdoor fields, but they say all that is brick and mortar, and the job now is to get the students in the classroom learning, for a year of firsts at Davies.

Next Tuesday, a special mural will be unveiled at Davies, along with the open house and tours. Friday, Davies will host a legal symposium on legacy of Judge Davies. On Saturday, the Bluestem in Moorhead will host the Rocking Chair Symposium featuring members of the Little Rock Nine. And on Sunday, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer will help dedicate Davies High School.

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