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Mixed emotions flooded over the faithful gathered Saturday outside the 85-year-old Fifth Ward building that once housed Wheatley High School and E.O. Smith Junior High.

Alumni got a chance to salute their schools one last time before the Houston Independent School District demolishes the building to make way for a new campus for the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy.

“I was just really floored when they announced that all the board members had voted to demolish this school,” said Paula Ransom Franklin, a 78-year-old alumna of E.O Smith Junior High. “I thought about all the days that I walked through this school. There’s so much history here. I just hate to see the history demolished. There are spirits on this campus that will never be deleted.”

Read more at Chron.com.