And There Goes My High School

It’s been talked about for years, but in the summer, it will finally happen. My alma mater of Largo High School in Largo, Florida will be getting an extreme makeover. Only the football field will be retained, but everything else about the school will be razed and rebuilt, hopefully in time for the 2016-17 school year.

They opened the school up the past couple of nights so that students gone by could pay final respects. Man, if those walls could talk.

The smell of the eastern end of A wing, that unusual aroma of cigarette smoke blended in with something else. Marijuana, maybe? It could explain why I always felt so mellow after I always went by there.

My fondest memories were a little farther east in AA wing, a two story building that housed scores of lockers on the bottom floor, and classrooms on the top floor. You had to walk up a flight of stairs to get to class (and walk at a pace to where you didn’t trip other kids over, or vice versa), with a small elevator nearby usually for kids who couldn’t walk up due to injuries or what have you. Never took the elevator up my years there. Not once.

Largo High School will still be there, just as the various incarnations of Yankee Stadium have come and gone. This incarnation of LHS has lasted since the 1950’s, and was in dire need of a makeover perhaps even then. Maybe it is just the change I object to, although the change is likely for the best.


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