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Fresh Paint Provides Clean Slate for Reynolds Students

OPB | Aug. 29, 2014 9:48 a.m. | Updated: Aug. 29, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Troutdale, Oregon

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When Reynolds High School students return from summer vacation Tuesday, they might not recognize the interior of the school’s athletic building.

Though plans to remodel the locker rooms had been on the Reynolds School District’s agenda earlier this year, additional modifications were made to help remove any reminders of the fatal shooting at the school June 10, which took place inside the boys’ locker room and the men’s restroom.

The building’s lobby now features a 12-panel television screen at the end of the hall. It plays a loop of the school’s athletic victory moments and team photos.

A 12-panel display faces the entrance of the athletic building, and the school's mascot emblazoned on the floor.

A 12-panel display faces the entrance of the athletic building, and the school's mascot emblazoned on the floor.

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Illuminated display shelves with lettermen jackets and trophies line both walls of the hallway leading to the gymnasium. The remodel was also resourceful; the directories on the walls are made with recycled wood from the school’s bleachers.

Old bleachers from the gym have been re-purposed as directories (left)

Old bleachers from the gym have been re-purposed as directories (left)

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School district superintendent Linda Florence said the changes modernized a 1960s-era space.

“We want them to come back to something that doesn’t remind them of the past. We want them to feel safe, secure, and very happy in this new space,” she said.

Speaking of security: the entire school has also received brand new, easier to lock doors.

Though rumors have been floating around about the installment of a memorial plaque for Emilio Hoffman, one of the students killed during the shooting, school officials are waiting until investigations clear before taking any action.

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