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Photo provided by Councilman Peter Koo's office
Photo provided by Councilman Peter Koo's office
The Francis Lewis High School Patriot cheerleaders, Councilman Peter Koo and Principal David Marmor celebrate the renovated gymnasium.

A high school in Fresh Meadows celebrated its first major gym renovation since it was built in 1960.

A ceremonial ribbon was cut by students and community members on the brand-new gymnasium at Francis Lewis High School (FLHS) on Monday, Dec. 12, prior to the start of the first boys basketball home game of the season.

The $1.2 million gymnasium restoration includes the addition of state-of-the-art maple flooring and new bleachers that are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and accessible.

The school serves approximately 4,500 students and ranked No. 29 on this year’s U.S. News report of the top 50 schools throughout New York City.

Contributions from Councilman Peter Koo and the School Construction Authority were used toward the project.

“With over 30 public schools athletic league teams (PSAL), Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), numerous clubs and events, we know that our school community will enjoy the benefits of our new gymnasium for the next 56 years,” principal David Marmor said. “Thank you Council member Koo for your continued support!”

“This is the first large-scale renovation of this gym since it was built in 1960,” Koo said. “More than 4,000 students now have daily access for basketball, volleyball, wrestling and other activities. This renovation includes new floors, new bleachers and electric work. Every year during budget season, the first calls I make are to our schools to make sure you have what you need to provide our kids with the best education possible. I’m ecstatic I was able to contribute $350,000 toward this gym renovation. These students work hard every day to make the most of their education, and I am committed to doing everything in my power to make sure they have the resources they need.”

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