DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It took two-and-a-half years and $53 million, but the renovation of South Oak Cliff High School is finished and 1,300 students are about to return to their school.

On Thursday, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa showed off the school to CBS 11.

Everything is new and upgraded.

South Oak Cliff High School after renovation (CBS 11)

This comes after complaints going back three years that students were being exposed to mold, deteriorating conditions and at time, no heat or air conditioning.

Students were moved to an alternate sight the past two-plus years.

South Oak Cliff High Principal Willie Johnson said the fight for the renovated campus was simply a fight for equality.

“There’s no excuse,” he said.  “We have the resources of any child that lives in any sector of the city. This is amazing.”

Dallas ISD considers this a sign of its commitment to families on the south side.

“Many times, southern Dallas does not get the treatment that they should, and people were upset, and justly upset,” said Superintendent Hinojosa. “Because with other projects, what about southern Dallas? I think the symbolism is huge.”

The school will reopen after winter break.