The old Adamson High School

The Dallas Independent School District released this virtual tour of the new Adamson High School, which is under construction. The facade isn’t as interesting as the old building, which opened as Oak Cliff High School in 1915. But the old school did have a lot of problems.

Remember when the air conditioning broke days before the school year started in August? Adamson teachers tell me air conditioning is always an issue, and it’s just one among many building woes.

The three-story, 223,496-square-foot school gets a brand new air conditioning system, and it is energy efficient. DISD estimates a 35 percent reduction in water use. Architects kept the natural topography in mind, creating views of downtown and putting the library and art classrooms on the north side of the building for better lighting.

There’s also a gymnasium, baseball and football fields, and tennis courts.

Check out the video, which has music: