Editor’s note: This slideshow has been modified to include the correct age of Osborn High School.
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This is Osborn High School on Detroit’s east side. It is 61 years old and needs $28 million in repairs. (courtesy photo)
Students say the school is in such sorry shape they feel like no one cares about them. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)
Osborn needs more repairs than of the 102 other buildings in Detroit’s public school district. Flooring is cracked. The school is missing ceiling tiles and the heating system is unreliable. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)
Students work out at a nearby recreation center because Osborn’s weight room sustained water damage last year. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)
Mercedes Boulding, the school district's senior director for facilities, points out window leaks. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)
Pipe insulation at Osborn is decrepit, and students say the school is often too cold. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)
Seats in the auditorium at Osborn High School. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)
Pashawn Johnson is principal at Osborn High, which needs $14 million in fixes that are expected to reach $39 million by 2023. Old, drafty windows near the auditorium are covered in condensation every winter. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)
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