Norick was a guiding force for MAPS in 1993, which dramatically altered the pre-bombing attitudes about downtown Oklahoma City and the offerings available for residents and visitors. MAPS 3 includes a streetcar project. The route will almost certainly serve the Central site. Henry hopes the streetcar system will eventually link the law school with the main campus.
Moving downtown is part of a trend among law schools to relocate in the hearts of cities. It's happening across the country. Any downside to separating law school students from the general student population is more than compensated by the advantages of being in the vibrant heart of a dynamic city.
For most of its history, Central has been a center for education, not an office building. It was originally known as Oklahoma High School. At a ceremony this month, Henry referred to the building as a “temple of learning.” Plans call for starting law classes in the fall of 2014.
OCU's School of Law has the stuff to make this dream a reality. Henry (a former state attorney general and federal judge), Norick and Couch join distinguished alumni such as Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, in boosting the law school's move.
We encourage other alumni to support this project financially. No better usage could have been found for this building. As for the Central High graduates who are still with us, they can rest assured that their own “temple of learning” is in good hands.