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Oklahoma City University School of Law holds open house for new downtown location

Oklahoma City University School of Law's new downtown location will place students squarely in the middle of the work environment they can expect to enter when they graduate, the school's dean said Wednesday. The law school highlighted the new location at an open house Wednesday.
by Silas Allen Published: April 11, 2013

/articleid/3781938/1/pictures/2008164">Photo - People walk through the halls of the old Central High School on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Oklahoma City, during a reception and tour for the Oklahoma City University School of Law that will be moving into the building in 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
People walk through the halls of the old Central High School on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Oklahoma City, during a reception and tour for the Oklahoma City University School of Law that will be moving into the building in 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“The bad news is it's in your pockets,” he told the crowd.

Shannon, an alumnus of the law school, encouraged attendants to donate to the campaign, saying the university is good not only for education, but also as a driver of economic development and a cultural center.

OCU Board of Trustees Chairman Ron Norick said the building is a major piece of Oklahoma City's history for a number of reasons.

When Oklahoma City launched the original MAPS program in the 1990s, the area around the building was identified a part of the city that needed revitalization, Norick said.

Later, the building served as a command center for the response to the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The attack was just blocks south of the old high school, which was owned by Southwestern Bell at the time. In the days after the attack, the telephone company turned the building over to the city to house workers and stage recovery efforts.

It's appropriate that the school make the move now, in the midst of efforts to revitalize Oklahoma City's Midtown district, Norick said.

OCU President Robert Henry said the university would make good use of the building.

“It is a temple of learning,” Henry said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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