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Breaking ground for new Yokota High School

A participant at the new Yokota High School ground breaking ceremony washes his hands before entering the tent where the ceremony was held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. Everyone who entered the tent was required to wash first their left, then their right hand in observance of Shinto traditions.

A participant at the new Yokota High School ground breaking ceremony washes his hands before entering the tent where the ceremony was held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. Everyone who entered the tent was required to wash first their left, then their right hand in observance of Shinto traditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker/Released)

Col. Douglas Delamater, 374th Airlift Wing commander, delivers remarks during the new Yokota High School ground breaking ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The new high school is slated to open August, 2017.

Col. Douglas Delamater, 374th Airlift Wing commander, delivers remarks during the new Yokota High School ground breaking ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The new high school is slated to open August, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker/Released)

A Shinto priest carries a ritual shaku baton for driving out spirits during the new Yokota High School ground breaking ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The purpose of the Shinto ceremony is to purify the site of the new building and wish safety on the construction crew.

A Shinto priest carries a ritual shaku baton for driving out spirits during the new Yokota High School ground breaking ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The purpose of the Shinto ceremony is to purify the site of the new building and wish safety on the construction crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker/Released)

Participants perform the ceremonial ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The new school is intended to accommodate 325 students and span 93,120 square feet.

Participants perform the ceremonial ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The new school is intended to accommodate 325 students and span 93,120 square feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker/Released)

A Shinto priest performs the ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The new high school project is intended to include the demolition of existing buildings and support facilities, and the construction of a multi-purpose playing field, parking lots, sidewalks and a loop road.

A Shinto priest performs the ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The new high school project is intended to include the demolition of existing buildings and support facilities, and the construction of a multi-purpose playing field, parking lots, sidewalks and a loop road.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker/Released)

Distinguished guests at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School hold omiki, ceremonial sake offered to the gods at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. Shintoism is a religion originating in Japan which has been practiced for over 2,500 years.

Distinguished guests at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School hold omiki, ceremonial sake offered to the gods at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. Shintoism is a religion originating in Japan which has been practiced for over 2,500 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker/Released)

Food items are offered to the gods at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015.The new high school project includes plans for art, science and computer labs; an information center; a media room; special education facilities; a teacher workroom and administration offices.

Food items are offered to the gods at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015.The new high school project includes plans for art, science and computer labs; an information center; a media room; special education facilities; a teacher workroom and administration offices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker/Released)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, JAPAN -- Participants perform the ground breaking ceremony for the new Yokota High School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 19, 2015. The new high school project includes the demolition of existing buildings and support facilities, to be replaced with construction of a multi-purpose playing field, parking lots, sidewalks and a loop road. The projected opening date for the building is August, 2017.