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Then: The original caption from August 21, 1984 reads:

"SKYLIGHT–A two-story skylight accents the hallway in the new North Pole high school." (News-Miner photo by Eric Muehling)

Now: School lets out at North Pole High School on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

The $21 million construction project began in April 1983, and the building opened for the first day of school in September 1984. Before the 1984-85 school year, secondary students attended North Pole Junior-Senior High School. When the new high school opened, the combined building became North Pole Middle School.

When it opened in 1984, the high school had one of the most advanced vocational programs in the state. Currently, North Pole High School is undergoing a renovation of its vocational wing through summer 2015. ERIN CORNELIUSSEN/NEWS-MINER