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Thomas Jefferson High School tornado damage

After three years, Dallas district will re-open tornado-damaged high school

Nov. 2, 2022
Thomas Jefferson High School has been closed since an October 2019 tornado severely damaged the campus.

Three years after the Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas was badly damaged by a tornado, the district is getting ready to welcome students back to the campus.

Damage from an EF-3 tornado in October 2019 shuttered the campus and forced students to relocate to other schools, reports KDFW

Since then, the school has undergone a $95.7 million expansion and renovation, and the renovated campus, with about 330,000 square feet of space, is scheduled to be ready for students in January after the winter break.

According to the district's 2015 Bond Progress page, the school's cafeteria/kitchen, weight room/dance studio, and culinary/ROTC areas were demolished, and additions have expanded the existing building.

The upgraded spaces include new computer science labs and classrooms, a library and media center and a secure vestibule entrance. 

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