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An opening ceremony is held for Liberty High School in North Liberty on Aug. 12, 2017.
Zach Berg / Iowa City Press-Citizen

Liberty Lightning struck this weekend as the Iowa City Community School District’s highly anticipated new high school formally opened its doors in North Liberty. 

Liberty High celebrated its grand opening Saturday afternoon with a ribbon cutting, speeches by district leaders and student-led tours of the new facility.

The high school’s gymnasium, which Principal Scott Kibby said could fit 2,100 people, was packed — with many more standing outside the doors, hoping for a chance to take part in the festivities.

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Kibby said Friday that the opening day is historic, noting that Liberty is one of only two high schools to open in Iowa in the past 25 years — the other being Ankeny’s Centennial High School.

“It’s a big deal, you know? Eastern Iowa is opening a brand new high school,” he said.

The district broke ground on the roughly $75 million high school in 2015, with the aim of addressing high enrollment and crowding at City and West high schools. Residents and business owners in the surrounding community welcomed the prospect of a new school and embraced the mascot: Lightning Bolts, or Bolts, in shades of purple, black and silver.

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In recent weeks, tours and activities like a Google summit got underway in the building even before the grand…