Former students sad to see Oklahoma high school go

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The old John Marshall High School opened its doors in the 1900s.

Right now, the demolition of the building is well underway and many people are not happy.

Members of the alumni association are disappointed they were not able to save any artifacts; many people passed by to take a final look at the school before it’s gone forever.

“There are a lot of memories being torn down,” said Lisa McDonald.

Former students walked around the construction site and grabbed bricks as keepsakes.

“I graduated in 1978, my daughter graduated in 98, my son graduated in 99, my husband, Marshall Martin, graduated in 66,” said Linda Chronister Martin.

The most upsetting part for some alumni, is they found out about the official demolition date on Facebook, while it was happening.

“Sadness. Despair. A lot of memories, friends and things,’ said Frank Holmes.

The Oklahoma City Planning Commission approved the soon to be empty lot for what’s called, Marshall Square, an apartment complex that will look more like big houses.

Some residents don’t mind the idea.

“Out with the old and in with the new. It`s the new year,” said McDonald.

Others are disappointed.

“I’d rather see a park or something for kids instead of an apartment building because there’s nothing around here for kids besides getting in trouble,” said Justin Schmehl.

Either way it’s a bittersweet day for people who remember the old John Marshall School.

The school sits on about 20 acres, the plans for the “Big House” apartment complex will include 270 units, all two stories with garages.

 

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