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Groundbreaking held for 2 new Huntsville schools

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Source: Chapman-Sisson via Huntsville City Schools Source: Chapman-Sisson via Huntsville City Schools
The groundbreaking was held Friday morning on Pulaski Pike. The groundbreaking was held Friday morning on Pulaski Pike.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The groundbreaking ceremony for two new Huntsville City Schools was held Friday morning.

The ceremony began at 9:30 a.m. on the 4500 block of Pulaski Pike and will mark the start of construction for Jemison High School and McNair Junior High School.

Astronaut Mae Jemison, who the school will be named after, attended Friday morning's groundbreaking.

McNair Junior High School will be named after Ronald McNair who was one of seven astronauts killed in the January 1986 explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger.

Jemison High School replaces J.O. Johnson High School which opened in 1972.

The renaming of the school met with some angry objections last year and, more recently, the school was mentioned multiple times in Tuesday's Justice Department rezoning plan.

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