Seattle's renovated Lincoln HS reopening for first time in 4 decades

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SEATTLE — Lincoln High School in Seattle is reopening for the first time in more than four decades.

The campus closed in 1981.

The principal told KIRO 7 if students from the 1981 graduating class walked into the school today, they would hardly recognize it.

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The school in the Wallingford neighborhood is fully renovated and ready for the first day of class Wednesday morning.

KIRO 7 reporter Patranya Bhoolsuwan got a sneak peek inside the school, and the community will get a chance to tour the campus after a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The school recently underwent a $90 million renovation project.

The building is now seismically safe, and classrooms have been upgraded to be modern and integrated.

Some of the incoming students from schools like Ballard and Garfield High have been working with staff to design part of the campus.

"We really work to try to create a school that is student-centered from the beginning, and I think that's what we are trying to roll out in the first week of school,” said Lincoln HS Principal Ruth Medsker.

The principal expects between 600 and 700 incoming freshmen and sophomore students for the first year.

Lincoln could have up to 1,600 students by 2021.

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