Thread: I just found out my old elementary school was torn down

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    The elementary school I went to was the first in the district after they moved from the school house type building. It was built sometime around 1950. It was really old looking when I went there in the early to mid 80s. As far as I could tell the school originally didn't even have A/C just heat as the old heaters were in the classroom, but were no longer used. They moved to a new building in the mid 90s, but used the old building for a alternative high school. Anyway I was checking out my old neighborhood on google maps and just noticed they tore it down. It must have happened sometime in the last three years. As you can see other than part of the drivway you can't even tell there was a school there. Even though I hated going there it still kind of sad that everything I remember about that place in gone.




    The line on the left was where the teacher parking and bus ramp were. The two remaining parts of the driveway was the dropoff and pickup in the front of the school.

    Here is what the front looked like when I went there. This was scanned from the cover of one of my class pictures.
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    if you need to look for an aerial view of your school, try going to historic aerials.com, they've got aerials views as old as the 30s.
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    Quote by ethandaman24
    if you need to look for an aerial view of your school, try going to historic aerials.com, they've got aerials views as old as the 30s.


    Cool thanks! I would like to see aerials of my neighborhoods too.

    Edit: I just found it at http://www.historicaerials.com. It looks like they added a wing on in the early 60s which explains why that part looked different when I went there. They also expaned the parking lot in the early 70s. I remember the teachers saying one of the wings caught fire in the 70s and had to be remodled. That part looked very 70s from what I remembered.

    Here is a pic from 2002. It wasn't much different from when I went there.

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    kinda sucks they ripped it out. we still have schools in socal build from the 40s in service today still. I remember one had this really neat architecture and sculpture mural over the entry of the grounds. You just don't get that today with new schools, they just slap em together.
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    Quote by bassman21
    The elementary school I went to was the first in the district after they moved from the school house type building. It was built sometime around 1950. It was really old looking when I went there in the early to mid 80s. As far as I could tell the school originally didn't even have A/C just heat as the old heaters were in the classroom, but were no longer used. They moved to a new building in the mid 90s, but used the old building for a alternative high school. Anyway I was checking out my old neighborhood on google maps and just noticed they tore it down. It must have happened sometime in the last three years. As you can see other than part of the drivway you can't even tell there was a school there. Even though I hated going there it still kind of sad that everything I remember about that place in gone.




    The line on the left was where the teacher parking and bus ramp were. The two remaining parts of the driveway was the dropoff and pickup in the front of the school.

    Here is what the front looked like when I went there. This was scanned from the cover of one of my class pictures.



    So your school was torn down. Big whoop.
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    Quote by NorthernGuy54012

    So your school was torn down. Big whoop.


    Last I checked, this was the Memory Lane forum. And if you don't care, then get out.
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    Quote by bassman21
    The elementary school I went to was the first in the district after they moved from the school house type building. It was built sometime around 1950. It was really old looking when I went there in the early to mid 80s. As far as I could tell the school originally didn't even have A/C just heat as the old heaters were in the classroom, but were no longer used. They moved to a new building in the mid 90s, but used the old building for a alternative high school. Anyway I was checking out my old neighborhood on google maps and just noticed they tore it down. It must have happened sometime in the last three years. As you can see other than part of the drivway you can't even tell there was a school there. Even though I hated going there it still kind of sad that everything I remember about that place in gone.




    The line on the left was where the teacher parking and bus ramp were. The two remaining parts of the driveway was the dropoff and pickup in the front of the school.

    Here is what the front looked like when I went there. This was scanned from the cover of one of my class pictures.


    Awww, im sorry to hear about your old school. Thats happened with a couple buildings around where I live, so I feel your pain.
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    Quote by Buslady
    kinda sucks they ripped it out. we still have schools in socal build from the 40s in service today still. I remember one had this really neat architecture and sculpture mural over the entry of the grounds. You just don't get that today with new schools, they just slap em together.


    My old high school is still standing. It was built in the mid 50s after the old school in a different location burnt to the ground on Thanksgiving night. They built the new school on the site of an old airport. They have done three additions to it since it was built, but the original wings are still in use to this day. When I went there in the 90s it was like walking through different periods of time. The first addition was very 60s looking, the second which was the new front entrance was kind of 70s looking (added in 1973) and the newest addition was done after I graduation. I still remember the smell different parts of the school had.

    The schools around here especially where I live now built some pretty elaborate schools and sport arenas. I'm kind of jealous these kids get to go to new schools while I went to old outdated ones. My biggest complaint was how the classrooms were either too cold or too hot (usually too cold) .
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    My Elementary School, which I live close to, closed down about a year after I graduated from it. It is still standing, but it's been empty for eight years.
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    Our gradeschool is still standing. It's right near my parents house. However, it hasn't been a school since probably 1994/95. They shut it down and now use it as the town office. The knocked down the walls inside the building to create office spaces. They still have a picture or two up on the wall from when I was in 4th of 5th grade back in like 91 or 92. They won't let you go downstairs though, it's blocked off. That really sucks because i'm so curious to see what it looks like down there. I spent the majority of my years there downstairs (K-4th grade) and only spent 5th and 6th grade up there before they transfered us to a different school in 7th grade.
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    Holy cow, that's awful. I can't imagine that happening. They try to renovate around here, or build on the property. My high school is 120 years old and still standing.
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    Quote by bassman21
    The elementary school I went to was the first in the district after they moved from the school house type building. It was built sometime around 1950. It was really old looking when I went there in the early to mid 80s. As far as I could tell the school originally didn't even have A/C just heat as the old heaters were in the classroom, but were no longer used. They moved to a new building in the mid 90s, but used the old building for a alternative high school. Anyway I was checking out my old neighborhood on google maps and just noticed they tore it down. It must have happened sometime in the last three years. As you can see other than part of the drivway you can't even tell there was a school there. Even though I hated going there it still kind of sad that everything I remember about that place in gone.


    I know how you feel. Funny if they hadn't thought about what else to put there right now. Probably be a strip plaza or a Wal-Mart one day. That's what happened to one two story school building down the street from me, half it's land became a gas station and tire repair shop. It's baseball/football field was left intact though.

    Here is what the front looked like when I went there. This was scanned from the cover of one of my class pictures.

    That's not a bad looking building. I've seen buildings like this where I am anyway that were built between the 1930's-60's that are still standing. Sadly a school district south of me decided to spent some 10 billion on tearing down nearly all the schools it has and replacing them with newbie buildings that seem cold and less fun to me. My school district hadn't gotten to that point yet thankfully, but they had decided to replace the windows/plexi blocks with newer, smaller ones that don't seem to bring it sufficient lighting, or even let someone try to escape in an emergency (since they have screens).

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    It goona happen to me next year my first elementary I went to ( kindergarden thru 2) will be demolish. I had good times there running around threw out the school with out nobody stopping me, playing Superman and Batman with my best friend with our wind breakers, Punch the bully in the nose to defend the honor of girl I like. There's alot more good and bad I would like to put down but I don't want to bore anybody. also My Junior High School was torn down this summer that just makes me mad too.
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    My elementary school, Oak Grove Elementary (I), is currently divided in two as of Y2K: the annex, which came about circa 1960, is now known as Sojourner Elementary, while the older part of the building (which originally opened as a single-level building in 1924, and had been expanded gradually up to 1959) is now known as New Urban High School.

    My other elementary school, Concord Elementary - which I'd attended from September 1987 to mid-February 1988 - is still standing as of late. Originally, Concord Elementary was built in 1856, and in 1890 was the first one-room schoolhouse in the area. 20 years later, it was rebuilt as a two-room schoolhouse, and then the final version of the school (the brick building) was built in 1936, with an addition in 1948.

    My junior high school, the final version of which also opened in 1936, was decommissioned by my school district as of 2002; but the building still stands.
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    The same thing happened to my middle school almost four years ago. The building had been there since the mid-20s and after 80+ years they thought it would be a good idea to finally tear it down and build something new. They tore it down and built a new school on top of where it used to be. Its kind of surreal to look at old pictures of me at the school with my sister and my friends with all the memories I had in that building. It no longer exists...

    Bay Middle School/Bay Junior High School/Bay High School
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    Bay Middle School as it appears today (artist's rendering):
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    Quote by jango52577
    The same thing happened to my middle school almost four years ago. The building had been there since the mid-20s and after 80+ years they thought it would be a good idea to finally tear it down and build something new. They tore it down and built a new school on top of where it used to be. Its kind of surreal to look at old pictures of me at the school with my sister and my friends with all the memories I had in that building. It no longer exists...

    Bay Middle School/Bay Junior High School/Bay High School
    (192?-2004):


    Bay Middle School as it appears today (artist's rendering):


    I like the old building better. I bet it was made better too. A better solution would have been to renovate the inside and to add a wing on if needed.
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    Quote by bassman21
    Quote by jango52577
    The same thing happened to my middle school almost four years ago. The building had been there since the mid-20s and after 80+ years they thought it would be a good idea to finally tear it down and build something new. They tore it down and built a new school on top of where it used to be. Its kind of surreal to look at old pictures of me at the school with my sister and my friends with all the memories I had in that building. It no longer exists...

    Bay Middle School/Bay Junior High School/Bay High School
    (192?-2004):


    Bay Middle School as it appears today (artist's rendering):


    I like the old building better. I bet it was made better too. A better solution would have been to renovate the inside and to add a wing on if needed.


    I agree with you about the renovation idea but more than anything I'm surprised it wasn't torn down sooner. It was 80 years old...either that or I'm surprised they didn't just keep it up. It was a sad day indeed when they chained it up for the last time. I wish I had one of the bricks.
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    Quote by jango52577
    The same thing happened to my middle school almost four years ago. The building had been there since the mid-20s and after 80+ years they thought it would be a good idea to finally tear it down and build something new. They tore it down and built a new school on top of where it used to be. Its kind of surreal to look at old pictures of me at the school with my sister and my friends with all the memories I had in that building. It no longer exists...

    Bay Middle School as it appears today (artist's rendering):

    I can already tell I hate this design a lot! Seems like they want to go back to that look we don't see quite that often with most schools having flat roofs and all. Also not as many windows too.
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    Quote by jango52577
    I agree with you about the renovation idea but more than anything I'm surprised it wasn't torn down sooner. It was 80 years old...either that or I'm surprised they didn't just keep it up. It was a sad day indeed when they chained it up for the last time. I wish I had one of the bricks.

    i personally don't mind older buildings anyway. Here's one my mom went to that's still standing!

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    They tore down the Elementary schools that I attended (two, which are in the same town. One of them goes from K-2nd grade, the other goes from 3rd-5th grade). But they were both remodeled. Looking back on my grade school years (1990-1997) I was kind of disappointed with the changes. It's just not the same as it used to be.
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