Ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at the new Jemison High School, which opens to students tomorrow

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A new Huntsville City School is opening its doors after nearly two years of construction.   The new Jemison High School is named after Mae Jemison, the first female African-American in space and a Decatur native.

"I live in a lot of different cities. I've done programs from Chicago to Los Angeles to many places." said Mae Jemison.  "I know a lot of cities do not invest in their children like this. You have to give yourselves a hand to do that investment -- and making it a reality."

The new $65 million high school is located on Pulaski Pike south of Winchester Road and will be home to students from the now closed Johnson High.

The ribbon cutting for the new school took place this morning.

Representatives from the U.S Space and Rocket Center attended the ceremony and presented Doctor Jemison with a small replica shuttle to commemorate the occasion.