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Gulfport graduates reminisce and say goodbye to old high school

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    Gulfport alumni say goodbye to old high school today

    Friday, June 12 2015 7:16 PM EDT2015-06-12 23:16:08 GMT
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    The first building at Gulfport High School was torn down this morning.  (Photo source: WLOX)The first building at Gulfport High School was torn down this morning. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Reality hit Friday for several teachers as they watched a part of Gulfport High history come tumbling to the ground. The demolition of the first of eight buildings started Friday morning to make way for a new high school. It was a bittersweet moment for one Gulfport teacher.More >>
    Reality hit Friday for several teachers as they watched a part of Gulfport High history come tumbling to the ground. The demolition of the first of eight buildings started Friday morning to make way for a new high school. It was a bittersweet moment for one Gulfport teacher.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A positive farewell to Gulfport High School Saturday morning, from the graduating class of 2005. 

A group of students are spending the weekend together on the coast to catch up and reminisce about the good 'ol days. And they couldn't help but stop at the place where some of their best memories came from as Gulfport Admirals.

"Our school is not going to be our class of '05 anymore," Michella McCree said.

It's all bittersweet to watch what you've known for so many years, torn down and swept away.

"My mom and my dad met here and went to school here, I met my other half here. So I'm a product of Gulfport High School," Ashley Gatewood said.

Gatewood has deep roots in her old high school, and so do her classmates. They say it's a good new beginning, but the end of Gulfport High as they know it.

"The courtyard is never going to be the same. We use to have lunch out here and hang out and catch up on good times with our friends. The 'G' is not going to be here anymore," McCree said.

The demolition may fade the memories of those who once walked the campus, but it's also refreshing to know that new memories will soon come.

"I'm just glad for the kids to have a new building to come to, to make new memories. This school has been here for a lot of years and now even though it's bittersweet that our memories are going to fade, I'm just happy the kids have a way to come make memories at the new school," Renardo Holloway said.

After walking around and sharing stories of the past, the group of friends couldn't leave without visiting the one place that made them proud to wear the Admirals colors.

"Football!" Holloway said in laughter. 

"Football," Gatewood agreed with a head nod. "It's exciting, it's energy across the board. It didn't matter if you were with the in crowd, out crowd, cheerleaders or whatever. It was an exciting time and it's a meaningful time in this town," she said.

The reconstruction of Gulfport High will cost $39,000,000. The entire project is scheduled to be finished in fall of 2017.

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