Extending its reach in public education, Microsoft Corp. says it will help design a new $46 million public high school in Philadelphia that will embed computer technology everywhere--from classrooms and administrative offices to the desk of the football coach.

The school is still in the earliest stages of planning and won't open until 2006. But administrators said they envision a paperless building where students study in online textbooks, teachers quiz their classes on laptops, and automated systems order cafeteria supplies as they are depleted.

"It will be a school of


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