Boulevard Academy gets face-lift in Edmond

The Boulevard Academy building is 90 years old and is getting a $3.3 million renovation. The building housed Edmond High School until 1994.
by Diana Baldwin Published: March 26, 2013
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Boulevard Academy is getting a $3.3 million renovation that is expected to be completed in July, just in time for the new school year.

Between 100 and 150 students attend Edmond's alternative high school, which serves students who have experienced little success at other schools. Boulevard Academy is at 215 N Boulevard.

The students are attending school this year in portable classrooms at Memorial High School, 1000 E 15th St.

“Students want to be at Boulevard Academy,” said Bret Towne, associate superintendent for general administration. “They consider Boulevard as their school.”

Built in 1924, it was the home of Edmond High School until 1994.

“We are doing a complete remake inside and outside,” Towne said.

The brick and mortar are being worked, along with new windows, doors, plumbing, heating and air conditioning. An elevator is being installed to give access to the second floor. Restrooms are being added and a former second-floor auditorium is being renovated to allow science and computer rooms.

Renovations started Aug. 12. Money for the project comes from the 2011 and 2012 bond issues.

“It has been one of the more interesting projects,” Towne said. “That happens when you deal with a school that is 90 years old.

“You find things that have been covered up, like wood floors and old pipes,” Towne said. “You are trying to put in a new heat and air conditioner system when it was really only been built for a boiler. It is interesting.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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