Hundreds Gather To Say Goodbye To High School

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WACO (August 17, 2013) - Hundreds of former high school students showed up to say goodbye to their old school Saturday.

The old University High School building on Bagby Ave. and Valley Mills Rd. is scheduled to be torn down soon, a new retail center will go in its place.

The event was called "Alumni Final Walk" and was approved by Waco ISD.

Former students were allowed inside the building to walk the halls one last time.

Glen Peeler was one of the organizers and said the event started as a facebook page.

"I just thought before they tear it down, everybody should walk through it one more time," Peeler said. "It is a good turn out. Much more than I thought it would be."

Neil Weise was an art teacher at University High School for 19 years and retired in 1988.

Weise designed the famous Trojan mural that now hangs in the school's new campus on New Road.

"It just meant a lot to me to know they thought enough of it to save it," Weise said. "I know things can be destroyed though the years but the students had been very good to it."

The last class to graduate from the Bagby Ave. campus was in 2011.