(Mobile, Ala.) When an EF2 tornado ripped apart the Historic Murphy High School campus, students knew things would be different.
And on this first day back to class, it was... even before they got to their new temporary home.
"It's very different. I'm not used to riding a bus," said senior Aliesha Lewis. "I've always been a car rider, so it's been really interesting."
Just getting to to school was a challenge.
It was a challenge not only for some Murphy students, but for the school system as well.
Transportation officials had to reconfigure everything, staggering the arrival of the middle school students with the Murphy students.
But the Murphy students made it work, said transportation director Pat Mitchell.
"Those guys, they came and got on the bus the way we wanted them to," he said, "so the buses really flowed smoothly. The traffic flowed smoothly."
And as you pay attention to student interviews provided to the media by the school system, one thing becomes quite evident.
This is NOT the way their senior year was supposed to be!
"But coming here, it's going to be an adjustment," said senior Robyn Blakely. "But I think we'll be able to live through it. It'll be ok. It'll just be something to get used to for a month."
"It's gonna be really, really choppy this week," commented Aliesha Lewis. "But I think Murphy is really gonna show its true colors. When we get acclimated it's going to work really well."
"Oh, no, I'll do just fine," said student Bader Alastar. "I'll just continue doing what I do."