Demolition Begins On Enterprise High School

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

What once was Enterprise High School is being hauled off by the truckload as the school board is going ahead with plans to change locations for two of its schools.

"They were supposed to start September 9th, but they actually started yesterday. We're ready for these buildings to get torn down so we can start building an elementary school," said Administrative Assistant Bob Tomberlin.

The target is set at 60 days to tear down and move the rubble from most of the buildings on the site.

The R.O.T.C building is now home to the superintendent’s office and is one of two structures that will remain, along with the memories of what once stood on this site.

"It's just not gonna’ seem right, it's been here for so long,” said Tornado Survivor Franklin Faulk. “We love the students, we love what the high school meant to us and it's a loss for us."

“There’s a lot of good memories that will be gone,” said former E.H.S Assistant Principal Hinton Johns. “And, some very, very vivid bad memories that will never disappear, but the reminder will not be quite as strong.”

The school board hopes to break ground on the new elementary school near completion of demolition. And, the plans are set.

Building the new high school on the other hand will take much longer as they will start from scratch, on a new site starting new legacies.

"It's a reminder that will never go away,” said Tomberlin. “But at the same time, we've got to make progress, even though it breaks our heart, we're ready for these buildings to come down.”

The new Hillcrest Elementary School will be modeled after the newly constructed Early Education Center in Enterprise.

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