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The school opened last month to pre-kindergarten through second-grade students but will go to the sixth grade.
John W. Rex was a civic leader and child advocate who passed away in 2006.
"It kind of makes my heart turn over to think, and I wish he were here to see it," Rex's wife, Berta Faye Rex, said.
“My father spent years thinking about the kids, and to build this building and have it named after him is just really an exciting culmination of the MAPS project, quite amazing,” Rex's son, John Rex, said.
“This would've been a big deal to him," said Rex's son, David Rex. "I don't know that he would have accepted the honor, but he would've been proud.”
The school's modern features are a cut above the rest, and the kids couldn't wait to do the ribbon cutting. With accent-colored walls, floors and classrooms, even the playground is eye-catching.
Parents are pumped about the built-in storm shelter and the nice cafeteria.
"I got a little emotional a few times just because I'm so happy the kids are happy," said Moriah Guild, who has a first-grader and a preschooler at the school. “They weren't as happy at their last school, so I'm thrilled now for all the arts and diversity they'll be exposed to.”
There is a waiting list to get in. Parents can apply for the next school year in February.