PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) — A northwest Alabama town is finally opening a new school more than three years after a tornado destroyed the old one.

Students began attending classes at Phil Campbell High School on Monday.

WAFF-TV  reports that teachers, administrators and some students worked much of the weekend getting the new building ready to open.

An EF-5 tornado killed more than two dozen people and destroyed much of the Franklin County city during the outbreak of April 27, 2011. The school was among the casualties.

Since then students have met for classes at a community college, in trailers and even in area churches.

State inspectors gave final approval for the new school to open last week, and classes were out Thursday and Friday to allow time for a move to the new building.

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