Ribbon cutting held at Liberty High School

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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (KCRG TV9)-- Teachers say there's a storm brewing in North Liberty.

On Saturday the "Liberty High Lightning Bolts" gave tours to public to show off their new school.

At least 700 students are expected attend Liberty High this year. The school will serve students living in North Liberty or Coralville, and is part of the Iowa City Community School District.

The new North Liberty High Gymnasium holds 2,000 people and the space was cramped during Saturday's ribbon cutting.

"I was surprised with how many people came,” Sophomore Alex Boldt said.

Teachers, administrators, parents and even students have anxiously waited for this day for the better part of four years.

"This staff was asked continually about their grit. What are we going to do to make sure that every kid is challenged, is pushed, is nurtured. And I am confident this staff has the girt to help every single kid,” Principal Scott Kibby said.

Principal Scott Kibby says each detail of the high school is methodically planned. He hopes the space here encourages creative learning.

“We don't look for a school from 50 years ago, we want it to look like 2017 and have the tools the teachers need and the kids need,” Kibby said.

Principal Kibby even had help from students with designing the school. For more than a year he's worked with this student advisory team.

"I liked overseeing what's happening at Liberty High and we get to be part of it. We communicate with our friends and Mr. Kibby of what's going to happen,” Sophomore Henry Krain said.

The team's work isn't done yet. They still have a mascot to choose, and are in charge of leading tours around the new school. Preparing not just for the next school year, but a legacy of traditions.