Hurricane Katrina greatly damaged Gulfport Job Corps buildings. Since that time students have been attending classes in trailers because the mission did not stop simply due to the desired classroom space not being available. Last Thursday in a meeting hosted by Department of Labor, Eley Guild Hardy Architects presented the architectural renderings of the new proposed Gulfport Job Corps Center that will reimagine the campus by providing green space, open-air classrooms and restoration of the 33rd Avenue High School. Members of the 33rd Avenue Alumni Association were in attendance and excited about what they saw, as well as, the inclusion of this historical reminder of their place in the community.
Attorney Gayle Tart commented, "It's truly beautiful and the renderings reflect the historical significance of the architecture and the buildings in our community. As you know, 33rd Avenue High School is the most significant part of black history in the City of Gulfport. It could be one of the landmarks that you come to see when you visit. So it's another thing to promote the Gulf Coast. You have done a good job maintaining the historical integrity and providing a beautiful uplift to the community."