2nd PLACE MULTIPLE: JONATHON GRUENKE, DAILY PRESS–Huntington Middle School eighth grade students wait in the hallways before the start of the eighth grade awards and promotion ceremony during the last day of school Thursday afternoon June 14, 2018.
For the foreseeable future, buses carrying Huntington Middle School students pulled out of the parking lot at 3401 Orcutt Ave. on Thursday afternoon, leaving behind the historic building which opened in 1932 as the city’s black high school.
It was a “bittersweet” day, many staff members said, as possibly the last students to attend Huntington Middle School moved on from the school, which is to be closed June 28.
It came to this point after the building fell into a state of disrepair that on any given day, several classrooms could lack heating or cooling, or a thunderstorm would mean that water would seep into classroom walls through the crumbling brick exterior.
There is no certainty what will happen next for the historic school. Many of the students will be moved to Heritage High School as the fate of the building is decided.