05 March 2011

High School's Pre-Demolition Party

One of the North Miami Councilmen came up with the idea of having a huge get-together for all of those graduates of North Miami High school before it is demolished in April of 2011.  I had already been in touch with some of my high school classmates, both before and because of our 40th Reunion, and some of us managed to get together for this get-together, viewing the old school before it is torn down.

It was estimated by the media that there were 4,000 people there.  At the end of the evening, 8 p.m., we had a final Pep Rally in the auditorium, SRO.  There were graduates from as far back as 1955 and the newest were from the Class of 2009.

Much of the new school has already been built, but the old had not yet been demolished.   The new is not very impressive, no soul to it at all.

It was nice to see the old place, although the rooms were mostly empty of fixtures, desks, etc.
The Gymnasium wasn't accessible and I was unable to remember what classes were in what wings.  The only thing that was easily recognizable was the Senior Patio.

Sorry it's so dark.  At least one can get a feel for being there and you can see the fountain.  We spent a lot of time there as Seniors, when we weren't off campus.  We were among the first to experience the open campus policy, so we actually didn't spend much time there when we weren't in class.  We were either at the burger joint or the beach or whatever.

More Photos Below:

East side of Auditorium:

 One North-South Hallway:
 Pep Rally from Balcony of Auditorium:
 Auditorium Balcony at Pep Rally:
 Main Hallway Facing East:
 Make-Out Area behind Balcony:
 NE Corner of School:
 New Frog Pond on Pioneer Blvd.:
 Front of School:
 Scoreboard in Gym:
 East Side of Auditorium:
 West Side Demo - Vocational Area:

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