Demolition of old DHS in final phase

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Crews brought in heavy machinery for the final phase of the demolition Tuesday and began tearing down the northwest corner of the high school.

Denison dentist Lee Clayton took the first shot at the building Tuesday morning. Dr. Clayton says he asked to do the honors after describing the building as an “eyesore” for the past 25 years.

Other residents had mixed emotions since the building has historic significance in the city and hope whatever is built in its place will have the same charm as this old building.

Bobby Gene York, who lives near the old high school says, "I hope they put the new library there, but I hope they build it kind of like the old school with the same mission style and so all the historical point of view won't be lost."

Crews built a fence around the Sam Houston tree on the southwest corner of the property to make sure it isn't destroyed with the building.

The tree was planted in 1936 to commemorate the Texas Centennial.


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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Dec 23, 2007 at 04:07 PM
    Re: making efforts to restore other downtown Denison buildings. Many are in need of restoring. As opposed to the old HS however, all of those buildings are PRIVATELY owned. The owners need to accept the responsibility for maintenance and restoration. Perhaps if any were available at a reasonable price, a foundation could consider purchasing and restoring them, and perhaps the City could offer incentives and assistance (tax abatements, waive fees etc). Unfortunately, many that are vacant and available, are owned by speculators or long time owners who think they are worth far more than anyone is willing to offer. It requires a potload of $ to buy and restore one of those buildings, and with Denison's business climate, it is unlikely a new private owner could expect a reasonable return on his investment. Nevertheless, a number of downtown buildings have been refurbished by devoted owners who live in and/or operate a modest business there. Hats off to them!
  • by Grady Location: denison on Aug 13, 2007 at 01:17 PM
    Shame on everyone for not saving that beautiful building. edited by KXII Staff
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 10, 2007 at 12:57 AM
    Instead of whining about the loss of the old high school, how about turning energies to the restoration of other downtown buildings? There are plenty of eyesores in downtown Denison that can be turned into something to look at with pride. Start on those places NOW, before the wrecking ball swings further.
  • by Pattie Location: Denison on Jun 7, 2007 at 02:37 PM
    I am sad to see the building go, I have many fond mamories in that old building. My Mom, brother, sister, and myself all went there and I am sure we all carry many memories of the school with us.
  • by Lisa Location: TomBean on Jun 6, 2007 at 12:33 PM
    I am really sad to see it go. I went to school there and have alot of memories. It was in pretty bad shape then.It is a shame the CITY of Denison did not take care of it. I agree,another piece of history gone .
  • by Ken Location: Bowie on Jun 6, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    I am a former resident of the Denison area and I for one am glad the building is gone. It has been an eyesore in downtown Denison. It should have been torn down years ago.
  • by Tom Location: Antlers on Jun 6, 2007 at 04:06 AM
    Sad to see. There was so much potential in the old building. Yet another piece of history gets knocked down in someone elses opinion of progress.
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