FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Several former students who walked through the halls of the old East Fairmont Junior High School on Thursday gathered to watch as the building they grew up around was demolished.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Katie Musgrave, who graduated from East Fairmont High School in 1964. “It is kind of sad to see the building cut in half. It’s probably past the time for it to go, but I’m excited that we have a fairly new high school and a brand new middle school.”
Musgrave said the school means a lot to the community, with several residents still living in the area who attended the school, whether for high school or junior high school. The building was built in 1921.
“Generations of my family and my husband’s family graduated from high school there,” she said.
Standing outside the building as it was brought down, Musgrave reminisced about the times she spent in the building. Her most vivid memory of the school was the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated…