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Davenport School District Celebrates New Alternative High School

Smaller classes in a new building should help keep some Davenport high school students on track to graduate. Today, the Davenport School District celebrated the opening of its new alternative school, Mid City High.

The $8.5 million project replaces the Kimberly Center, and it opened in August. 

Dr. Jake Clips, the principal, says "collaborative learning" spaces and an average class size of 15 will help its 220 students perform better.
The 37,000 square foot former medical building now has a wood shop, indoor and outdoor cafeterias, and computer labs. 

20-year-old Ejay Williams, is a senior at Mid City. He says the school has prepared him for his next step: college.

"When you come into a school like this, it's just breathtaking because you would never think that a high school could have such a college-like feel to it. My experience here has been off the top. It's just great."

The Davenport School District bought the property 

Renata Sago is WMFE's general assignment reporter and occasional Morning Edition anchor. She covers everything from major political campaigns and unemployment to civil rights legislation and the performing arts for WMFE and NPR.