Demolition continues on Old Baker High

By Mackenzie Patterson - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  More demolition began on the Old Baker High School off Victory Drive in Columbus.  The alumni of the school were there taking pictures and reminiscing their years at Baker.  The President of the Alumni Association, John Crimmel, told News Leader Nine that seeing the rumble makes him extremely sad.

"To see the walls crumbling down is making my heart crumble," said Crimmel.

Other alumni like Tom Sowell said the building and its history may be gone, but he will continue to keep Baker close to his heart.

"They can tear the building down but they cannot remove the memories from our hearts," said Sowell.

Sowell and his wife, Linda, met at Baker over 40 years ago.  Sowell told News Leader Nine the exact date, time, and event where he met Linda.

"January 22nd of 1965 after a basketball game at a sock hop," said Sowell.

His wife laughed and explained that he did not have any money to buy her a coke that night.

Other alumni, like Kate Shell, explained the school will live on in her memories as well.

"I remember every hallway, and I remember every classroom," said Shell.

Shell explained for her the school was a safe place, and the demolition is heart breaking.

"We always thought that Baker would be there and that we could always come back," said Shell.

Even though they are sad to see the school go, others say they are hopeful the site could help South Columbus.

"Make us proud that this is where Baker once stood," said Crimmel.

Demolition will continue this week on the school.  Baker High School was built in 1943.  It was already scheduled to be torn down and then caught fire last May.  After the demolition is finished, the Columbus Housing Authority will take over the site.

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