School of '20s now history
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#1 Jun 10, 2009
Great article, Bob! And great point, Alesha! Mr. Baker - always hilarious and insightful. Our whole family is sad to see it go... I think it is a shame that it couldn't be renovated. I live in Elmhurst, and York H.S.(same builders) was renovated, expanded, and serves the needs of the entire community. Why not Wheaton Central?~ K.Y.P., Class of '88
#2 Jun 10, 2009
My husband and I are 1972 graduates of Wheaton Central High School and we're really sorry to see the school close. A group of grads from Wheaton did try and save the school as an historical landmark and to turn it into a community center so all the outside groups currently using it could continue. We had hoped to turn the original school building into a "Wheatons Grads" museum to showcase all the amazing people that have graduated from our school. Bob, John, Jim and Sam are but a few of the people who have gone on and found great careers. But the architecture wasn't interesting enough and we don't have enough famous graduates. Schools are the number one thing historically saved and restored for their community importance, not their architectural interest. We got an honorable mention from the state board that considered us, but that wasn't enough. Considering they are saving things like hotels in Memphis, TN where Elvis Presley slept only once, we thought we had a chance. So now the school will be torn down ... not much familiar to go home to visit anymore. Maybe Jim Belushi and friends can at least help save the Cubs and Wrigley Field. Progress is good, but why are we getting rid of most everything that is important to us as well? Next thing, they will be throwing out all us old folks too ...
#3 Jun 10, 2009
A VERY SAD DAY TO SEE THE OLD GIRL GO. BUT REST ASSURED SHE WILL NOT GO EASILY. I REMEMBER, WHEN THE BUILDING WAS GOING UNDER A BIG RENOVATION, A WORKMAN WITH A SLEDGE HAMMER WAS IN THE AREA OF THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE TRYING TO TAKE DOWN A SIZABLE BRICK WALL, AND THAT WALL WAS GIVING HIM FITS. IT REFUSED TO COME DOWN. HE MADE THIS COMMENT TO ME: "THIS BUILDING WASN'T BUILT WITH ANY NOTION OF EVER TAKING IT DOWN!" SHE WILL GIVE THE NEW WRECKING CREW FITS.
HER RICH HISTORY WILL LIVE ON IN THE HEARTS OF ALL WHO KNEW HER BEST, HER STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. SHE WILL BE MISSED!!!
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