Jones Senior High School being demolished

JONES COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Demolition is underway on an Eastern Carolina high school after decades of service to the community.

Crews are tearing down Jones Senior High School outside of Trenton.

The 69-year-old school is being replaced by a new combined K-12 facility right next door.

The demolition is stirring feelings of nostalgia for former students.

Pam Banks, a current employee, says "I graduated in 1978. My parents graduated from here in 1955. They were the first graduating class that went all four-years, and then my younger son who just graduated here this year will be the last class that went all four-years and graduated."

Thursday was day three of demolition. The building was valued for historical reasons by many, including the class of 1993.

"We were the group that had the basketball championship, so we'll forever be known for that. And it was on the sign. I hate to see the sign go because It said 1993 basketball champs," said 1993 graduate and current Jones county teacher Mary Murphy.

However, a new chapter is coming for Jones County Schools. A new school is opening this fall. The new school will be for all of Jones county's High School students, as well as some of the county's middle and elementary students.

"It's kind of sad to see it go, but I realize that it's time for us to grow and give our kids something to be proud of over in the new building," added Banks.

The site where Jones Senior High School is being torn down is expected to be cleared in time for the ribbon cutting for the new school on August 5th. The demolition budget was included in the $46 million allocated for the new school.

Last month, alumni did a final walk through to say their goodbyes.

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Demolition is underway for an Eastern Carolina high school after decades of service to the community.

Crews are tearing down Jones Senior High School outside of Trenton.

The 69-year-old school is being replaced by a new combined K-12 facility right next door.

Last month, the school was opened up to former students and graduates so they could walk the hallways one last time.