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The dedication starts at 1 p.m.
The high school is the last school destroyed in the May 2011 Joplin tornado to open. Two elementary schools and a middle school were opened previously. More than 2,200 students are enrolled at the new high school/technology center.
The event is open to the public. However, everyone must pass through security, and no one will be admitted after 12:30 p.m. There will be no public parking at the school. Free shuttle service will be offered from Memorial Hall and Junge Field. Limited handicapped parking will be available at the school.
This is an outdoor event. Limited public seating is available on a first come/first served basis. Press seating will be available, but only to pre-authorized press. Lawn chairs and stadium chairs will not be allowed..
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As part of the event, Joplin Schools’ students, staff, parents, and community members will attempt to break a Guinness world record for the longest ribbon used in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The current record of 5.51 miles is held by the state of New Jersey for the ribbon cutting held to re-open the Jersey Shore on May 24, 2013. Joplin Schools will attempt a 6.5-mile ribbon. The 6.5 miles symbolizes the path of the storm through Joplin and the long, united journey to restore the Joplin community and the school district.
The dedication/ribbon cutting is scheduled to last from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Friday. A community open house at the high school/technology center is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Joplin High School Eagles’ homecoming game starts at 7 p.m. The homecoming parade and other homecoming festivities will take place on Saturday.