Central High History Lives On Clocktower Walls

By KBJR News 1

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
This is East High School's commencement practice and the students are excited for graduation.

"Yes! Heck yes! Yup! said Heather Harmaa and Laura Cashin.

For some of these students, the bells of Old Central will ring during the ceremony.
They're the last class of sophomores to attend the old school and still have fond memories.

"Couldn't get much better than that every morning with a look at Lake Superior. It was a great school." said Jake Grondahl.

"What was cool about it? All the people. Everybody got along." said Ben Ahrens.

It was a great shock to many Central Trojan supporters when the school closed in 2011.

"I thought I was going to be a graduate, too, because I have the heart of a Trojan." said Crystal Jean Hage.

They were allowed the honor of writing their names on the wall of the historic clock tower in Old Central which is now the district administration building.

"I had no idea how long and tall it was and crickety and scary." said Casey Burwell.

The 1892 icon has thousands of names going back decades including that of David Wheat who would go on to be a POW in Vietnam for seven years.
Some of this year's class tried to find familiar names in the haystack of monikers.

"I tried to find my older siblings names that signed, too, but I couldn't." said Alanna Couillard.

"A lot of the Central grads or would be Central grads say they're very proud to be the last crop of kids who ever get to write their names in this tower." said Dave Anderson.

However, the students feel the friendships and mentor–ships made at the old school are even more important.
Ethan Remington will always remember his freshman English teacher.

"He was an overall great guy and he was willing to help me out so I'm glad I got to meet him." said Remington.

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

Some people consider the class of 2013 to be the last "pure" Central class.
Other people consider the students from the one year of combined Central and Denfeld to be the last class eligible to write in the clock tower.
Right now, it's not known if they'll get to do that next year.