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The undergoing construction in the school for a change in the future.


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As the TCS construction continues with an increasing number of students enrolling every year, the Robledo campus with one soccer field, 2 labs, and no Colosseum, is a distant memory.

18 years ago the school decided to move away from Robledo to the newly built, huge Palmas campus. For many, this campus was the best choice now that they predicted an enormous growth in terms of students in a near future. Today, the campus we all know and love is undergoing a massive construction; the plan is to build a new complex that hosts a library and the whole administration building. Many TCS alumni are aware of this fact and are happy to hear that the school is evolving over the years.

“This current campus is magnificent; it has everything students need. I remember the old campus in Robledo and many good memories come to mind; it was the campus I attended to all my life. The big difference is it was much smaller, and only had a fraction of the facilities available today in this Palmas campus,” Christian Toro, President of the TCS Board of Directors, Class of  ’67, said.

TCS students sometimes overlook the benefits of studying on this campus. Many TCS alumni state that they would’ve liked studying in this campus and have the chance to graduate in it. 

“In my case, I didn’t have the chance to graduate on this campus. I was the sixth generation The Columbus School graduated, so naturally, we were still located downtown. It would’ve been amazing to spend time on this campus,” Toro said.

Many alumni still feel the Robledo campus was better, arguing that its smaller size allowed for more interaction between the students in the school, that today don’t have a connection half as strong as they had before.

“Since it [Robledo Campus] was smaller, students from different grade levels could interact with each other and basically know each other better,” Urbano Mesa, TCS P.E teacher, said.

Arguably, the school’s current campus is much better than the old one. But one thing can’t be argued, and it is the visible changes the campus [Palmas] has taken over the years that makes it one of, if not the best, campuses in Colombia.

“It’s amazing that the school [TCS] is still under construction. One could think that it’s impossible to add more stuff to this already “bulked up” campus, Rita Parra, TCS alumni said.

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