District Mayor Adrian Fenty, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization Executive Director Allen Lew and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells joined alumni, students and members of the community on Aug. 25 for the re-opening of Eastern Senior High School, 1700 E. Capitol St., N.E.

The school has been updated with the latest educational technology as well as additional academic amenities, is now LEED certified and accommodates 1,100 students. Some of the key additions include state-of-the-art science and technology labs, Internet and cyber cafés and a working ambulance in the health/science practical lab for real world emergency medical assistance training.

Long known for its stellar music and choral arts programs, the school now boasts brand new music and choral lofts as well as a grand performance theatre and spacious three story atriums that allow for alternate school and community meeting or performance space.

“The transformation of Eastern is spectacular,” Mayor Fenty said in a press statement. “You can see the care and attention to detail that the architects and builders took while restoring the school. Allen Lew and his team have again masterfully rebuilt another gem.”