Friday, October 9, 2009

Such a shame...

This beautiful building is my alma mater, Hillsboro High School, in Hillsboro, OH. She has reigned over the west end of Main Street since 1934. Today, the front page of the local newspaper shows the beginnings of its demolition. The community voted for a new school several years ago, and as a consequence, this lovely building is meeting its demise. With the slow economy, there were no offers made to purchase or rent the structure. The school board could not afford to keep it maintained, so the only alternative was to have it razed.

Three generations of our family are HHS graduates. My mother was a member of the class of 1954, as was 3 of her 4 siblings. I graduated in 1975. My 2 brothers and 2 sisters graduated from there: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981. All of my sisters- and brothers- in-law are graduates. Six of my nieces and nephews are HHS graduates. It was a big part of our lives, a common thread, if you will.

So, as progress takes beautiful, stately buildings such as this, I accept it, but do so with a fair amount of nostalgia.  Those of us who knew her will miss her sorely.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post -- I live in Hillsboro, Oregon, and the original Hillsboro High School (affectionately known as Hilhi) is about to be demolished. It, too, is a wonderful old building, which in the recent past has been a middle school (and the current Hilhi is at a different location). It is very sad for many, but it has become, I believe, unsafe and far too expensive to maintain. But it's always sad to see historic buildings go. It sounds like your family has many wonderful memories of your HHS.


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