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Officials get early look at new Largo High School



The football stadium was the only thing on his high school campus that looked familiar to Largo Mayor Woody Brown.

Oh, and the auditorium – if you squint, he said.

Brown, along with several city and state officials, got an early look Tuesday at the new Largo High School, which is almost at the end of a $65 million renovation. 

Two rising seniors gave a tour of their new stomping grounds, which included a gym that holds 1,600 people, several classrooms with high-tech equipment and a spacious courtyard with arches and stairwells leading into each building.

“We really truly believe this is the finest school in the state of Florida,” Principal Bradley Finkbiner said.

The school is split into several buildings. One is devoted to academics, with humanities subjects on the first floor and science, technology, engineering and math classes on the second floor to make it feel more like a college, Finkbiner said. 

There are also several classrooms devoted to career-oriented courses, such as welding, automobile technology and digital media. A room off the center for TV classes includes a green screen, several cameras and a control room connected to the 450-person capacity research center, previously the school’s media center.

"Ultimately, I want them to walk out of here with a diploma and certification," Assistant Principal Alec Liem said.

Students will begin classes there in August when the school year starts. The school will hold events during Homecoming week at the end of September for alumni and community members to check out the new campus.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:46pm]


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