PORTLAND — Students in the new media program at Portland Arts and Technology High School will be ghost-hunting at Portland High School on Wednesday night, school officials announced today.

Portland High is the nation’s second-oldest continuously operating public high school and it has long been rumored to have paranormal activity in several areas of the building, school officials said.

The 16-student class will use voice recorders, low-light cameras, hands-off laser temperature gauges and electromagnetic frequency readers to monitor the school’s auditorium, art room and library. Students Jon Mikkelsen and Rocco Didonato, who attend Portland High, suggested the location.

“They pitched the idea to Portland High Principal Michael Johnson and he loved the concept,” said David Beane, new media teacher at the regional vocational school. “The students went full bore in preparing for the taping.”

Students are modeling their investigation after the television series “Ghost Hunters” on the Syfy Channel. Students Andrea Brown, Madison Gavin and Sydney Cole will host the show.

The students will conduct their investigation from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., searching for “proof positive” of paranormal activity at the high school, school officials said.

After reviewing audio and video recordings, new media students will produce a half-hour show for local cable TV channels.

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