Legend to perform at Springfield theater dedication named for him

Grammy award-winning and Springfield North High School alum John Legend will attend the Oct. 9 dedication of the recently renovated 680-seat theater named in his honor.

The John Legend Theater at the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome has received a $2.5 million face lift.

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Legend will perform after a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting.

He gave $500,000 for the project and other donors including Speedway, Security National Bank, the Turner Foundation and the Springfield Foundation have brought the total raised to about $900,000.

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The Dome now houses several education programs, including the Greater Springfield CareerConnectED Center, where students from four districts can build skills by exploring creative arts, digital media, computer science, welding and more.

It’s also home to the Global Impact STEM Academy and labs are under construction for several Clark State Community College degree programs.

Much of the overall building renovation at the former Springfield South High School, originally built in 1909, was funded by an $11.3 million Ohio Straight-A grant awarded in 2014.

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