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100 years of history: Demolition begins on old Richmond Heights High School building

'While many are excited about the new facility, there are alumni that grieve the loss of their alma mater.'

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — After 100 years, the old Richmond Heights High School is coming down. Demolition began with a “Wrecking Ball Ceremony" at noon Monday.

Although there was no actual wrecking ball for the event, an excavator claw began ripping into the building's bricks around 12:15 p.m. The process of removing the old structure comes just a few days after Richmond Heights Local Schools hosted a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of its new 21st Century Community Learning Center last week.

“While many are excited about the new facility, there are alumni that grieve the loss of their alma mater,” officials noted in a press release.

The city’s motto is “The City with a Forward Look.” School officials say this step with the old high school is one more step forward. 

“The new facility is now open and serving students,” according to the press release. “There has also been a special effort put forth to honor the legacies of the Richmond Heights Wrestling Program and the Richmond Heights Vocal Music Program in the new space.”

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