MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point is gearing up to get its first new school in more than 40 years. Thursday was the first step in the process with the demolition of Magnolia Junior High School after Hurricane Katrina clobbered the building.
With every hit, knock, and slam, the walls of Magnolia Junior High came crashing down.
"I am really saddened by it being taken down, but I know it going to become better."
Many in this crowd who came to watch were students here at one time. They said they're not only losing their school, but a place filled with so many wonderful memories.
"We had our Boy Scouts here, we had our socials here, and everything was done on this campus," former student Clarence DuBose said.
Graduate Wanda Smith used her camera phone to capture the bittersweet moment.
"This is my last time taking pictures of memories that I will never ever forget."
Long time teachers Inez Greene and Grover Lett also took a last stroll around the old building. They said the place took quite a beating from Hurricane Katrina, and it has to be cleared.
"Katrina came in and the water level got up about 20 feet on this building, so that was just a real shock to us," Lett said.
Once this building is completely knocked down, Superintendent Kim Staley said it will take about 15 to 18 months for the multi-million project to be complete. When it is, it will have all the tools kids need to advance in the classroom.
"Inside, we will have state of the art technology; we will have state of the art science labs, and just the design of the building," said Staley. "Not only will the students use it only a daily basis, but as well as to accommodate community events, so that is going to be really a great thing.
Supporters of Moss Point Schools hope Magnolia will be a fresh, new tool to help build a better school district.
"I look forward to and I am praying for a new beginning, not only for Magnolia, but for Moss Point, Mississippi."