Old Whitesburg School demolished as new school nears completion

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Demolition is noisy work, and it's also much quicker than construction.  It's also sadder, too.

Crews started work Wednesday morning to tear down Whitesburg Middle and Whitesburg Elementary Schools.  A small crowd gathered to watch.

"We have lots of good memories from the old school building," said Andrew Allen, a student.

The old Whitesburg School opened in 1959, and contains memories for thousands of students.

"It was just a great place," said David Couch, an alumnus.  "The teachers were fantastic. It's weird because I can honestly say I enjoyed coming to school every day."

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Students and parents watch the demolition from across the street (Photo: Dave Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

People came to watch and share their feelings with each other.

"I think it was probably time for a new school. The building was pretty old," said Shanon Allen, mother of a Whitesburg student.

A new Whitesburg P-8 school has been built on the same campus and is nearly finished, and will open this fall for the 2015-16 school year.  The new school will place Kindergarten through eighth grade students under one roof.

"You can already see in the new building looking through the windows it's gonna be real nice," said Houston McElrough, a parent.

The old school is being down to make room for parking.