DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Alumni are working to make sure school pride is preserved as the final class of graduating Duluth Trojans prepares to throw their caps in the air.
A room in the old Central Adminstration Building holds decades of history.
From uniforms, to teaching tools, to a replica of a favorite teacher, Duluth's first high school has almost 120 years of memorabilia and a long list of traditions.
It took long hours to piece the precious memories from both Central High buildings together.
"They rediscovered this room after Myrtle Marshall had saved the building in the 70s, and she had it as a place where artifacts would accumulate over the years," said school board member Gary Glass.
Year books since 1894, old teaching tools like skeletons, and remnants of forgotten traditions deck the room.
"The kids that were the best mixers, most popular, would be winning the spoon," said Glass.
The names on the spoon might look familiar: Police Chief Scott Lyons and Don Ness, but it's not the Duluth mayor. It's his father.
"I was the fourth generation in my family to graduate from Central," said Mayor Don Ness.
Like Ness, school board member Gary Glass also has several of his ancestors in the year books, but many Central students didn't have a lot in common.
"A very special balance and mix of demographics and good mix of kids coming from very different backgrounds," said Ness.
They came together under the same mascot
"I'm still a Trojan at heart," said Glass.
"We do have such great memories and that strong emotional connection to the school," said Ness.
Tradition, pride and memories both men agree will live on - forever singing, "Hurrah, for the Red and White".
After Central High closes this Spring, its students will be moved to the newly remodeled Denfeld school this Fall.
The memorabilia is on display at the Central Administration Building.
Our partners at the Duluth News Tribune will tell you more about Central High's rich history.
The article and photos will highlight some of Central's alumni as well as look at what the last graduating class has to say.
Reporter Jana Hollingsworth says it will feature more historical photos and colorful details of the school's 120-year history.
"How it fits into Duluth and what it means to the people that went there and people who work there, so I talked to several alumni about Central's identity, what the loss means to them. I talked to teachers and the principal, and students who are graduating now about what it means to be part of the last class," said Hollingsworth.
The story and photos will run in Sundays Duluth News Tribune.
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