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Ballou will be latest renovated D.C. high school

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 3:34pm  ET

Local leaders joined those involved in the project to break ground on the new building. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
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Excitement over plans during groundbreaking

Dick Uliano, WTOP reporter


WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says the modernized Ballou Senior High School in southeast Washington will be "one of the finest academic facilities in the United States."

Gray will attend a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday at Ballou, which is the latest public high school in the district to undergo a major renovation.

Ballou will get multimedia data projectors, improved sound systems in classrooms and new computer and science labs. The building will become more energy-efficient.

Many students at Ballou live in poverty and struggle academically. On the city's most recent standardized tests, only 22 percent of Ballou 10th-graders were proficient in math, and just 18 percent were proficient in reading.

Former mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry is also scheduled to attend the groundbreaking.

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