Students, staff, residents of Joplin and numerous dignitaries have dedicated the new Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center, marking another milestone in the city’s recovery from a devastating tornado three years ago.

The ceremony was highlighted by a speech by Vice President Joe Biden and an attempt at a Guinness world record for the longest ribbon cutting ceremony.

Biden told the crowd that Joplin offers inspiration to those who have gone through disasters like that tornado.

“You underestimate the hope all of you give Americans who have been broken and devastated by crises in their lives,” said Biden.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Governor Jay Nixon also spoke during the dedication.

Watch as Vice President Biden dons a Joplin cap, courtesy of