Local university bringing Oklahoma City’s first high school back to life

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A local university is bringing Oklahoma City's first high school back to life.

Oklahoma City University plans to use the building for their law school.

"It was perfect! There was no question in my mind that this was the perfect location for our law school," Dean of the Oklahoma City University Law School, Valerie Couch said.

The same architect who designed the Skirvin Hotel and the State Capitol is also designing OCU's Law School.

The high school, which is believed to be the first high school in the city, was built in 1910.

After changing hands several times, Oklahoma City University bought the building in 2012.

"Our school is going to be a modern law school with a lot of technology and a lot of capacity to be partners with others in the community, in the state and in the nation," Couch said.

The new school will be within walking distance to the courthouse and other government agencies.

"We wanted our students to be right in the middle of the action. This is where they should be as they are getting their legal education," Couch said.

Downtown Oklahoma City may also feel the rewards of the law school's new location.

"Suddenly downtown is going to have hundreds of professional students down here and it's going to make a difference to all of the restaurants, the coffee shops, the book stores," Couch said.

The new college will open January 12, 2015.

It will also have a library and café open to the public.

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