Old Denison High School to be saved

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Denison city council members voted Monday night to extend the life of the old Denison High School.

Dozens of supporters turned out early to hear that decision after weeks of waiting.

Council members voted unanimously to postpone demolition indefinitely, and created the opportunity for the Denison Historical Group to lease the old high school.

Prior to that decision, seven supporters pleaded their case about why their ultimate decision is a good one.

Supporters say they've raised $680,000 for restoration and say up to $2,000,000 has been promised, if those funds are needed.

It took city leaders more than an hour behind closed doors to come to their decision.

"We hope the city will give all the people hoping to save the building at least til the end to preserve the building and make it beautiful again," said David Bryant with the Denison Historical Group.

"We wanted to give the citizens and saving histoy denison opportunity to fufill their goal and dream of what they want to do with the building,"
said Denison Councilman Charles Pool.

Council members say they will expect the historical group to come up with a lease agreement by September 4th, the council is set to meet again then, and an agreement is expected to be presented.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Dallas on Aug 29, 2007 at 07:08 PM
    I was born and raised in Denison. If you know anything about Denison, it went down hill when the railroad was bought out. What it needs is activity. Use the school as a theatrical place, such as shows and events. You're loaded with residents that would love to go to these kinds of outings. Some of the oldest places in Dallas are the most fun and popular. Check out oldbedfordschool.com and get creative.
  • by Property Tax payer Location: Anonymous on Aug 29, 2007 at 03:13 PM
    When this free school was built, Who was it free for (White Race only). The climate at that time was Confederacy, Discrimination against anyone who was not white, KKK, Johnny Reb. etc. To fight for this negative history of this site means that the status Quo of Jim Crow is very much alive and well in Denison Texas.
  • by Jocephus Location: Yarnaby on Aug 23, 2007 at 04:29 PM
    I hated high school. I didn't go to school in Denison, but I would pay to see mine burned down.
  • by Joe on Aug 22, 2007 at 09:09 PM
    So Mork, you spent four years as a freshmen?
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Aug 22, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    Lighten up people. It's obvious that my post are flying right over the top of some of your heads. As far as serious post - Ralph made about the only valid point I've seen in regard to this whole topic. Well put Ralph (from a guy who oposes the saving of the High School.) You comments are true. The rest are just like me - flapping our jaws. Smile people, your school has been saved. Now do something good with it and make us proud.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Aug 22, 2007 at 06:30 PM
    Hey Mork...get a life...maybe you could find something better to do than make jokes about other people's comments.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Aug 22, 2007 at 02:26 PM
    Thanks Constance,well said!!!There are so many negative people,this building is a part of our history,Im so thankful it is going to be saved!!!
  • by Tamara Location: Denison on Aug 22, 2007 at 01:40 PM
    I think the High School would be a great place for a history place for kids and they could charge admission and give that money back to the city. I hate having to go to Dallas to see everything.
  • by Tamara Location: Denison on Aug 22, 2007 at 01:38 PM
    I'm sure that you still remember when you were in High School for those 4 years Mork, what you did and what your styles were that you wore. So don't try and act like those 4 years of your life didn't change you.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Aug 22, 2007 at 12:55 PM
    Hey Anonymous - After 27 years I can see why you became so attached to the old Denison High School. I guess some of us didn't ge so attached to our High School since we were only there for 4 years.
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