Morgan Park Middle School Celebrates 90 Years of Classes

By KBJR News 1

June 1, 2012 Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---After 90 years of classes, Morgan Park Middle School will close.

Hundreds of students, faculty and community members are celebrating the last week of school at a Barbecue Extravaganza.

It's an annual event that brings the Morgan Park community together each year.

This years Barbecue Extravaganza is the communities last big
"Hoo-Rah" before the switch to Lincoln Middle School.

"It's about to be the end of the year," Kamaria Cook, a student said. "We are doing something special. We are all just hanging out and having fun."

Students and faculty raise money for the event all school year.

"We've done a lot of group community acts just to raise enough money to do this," Nicole Tully, a student barbecue organizer said.

"We have really been able to build a relationship with the Morgan Park community," Karla Winterfeld, a teacher said. "I think it's sad for everyone to be leaving this community, but also exciting for new beginnings."

Those strong relationships won't be lost in the transition to Lincoln Park.

"We are bringing over some of the mascots, bringing over some of the Morgan Park colors," Art Johnston, a member of the Duluth School Board said.

Many are certain old Wildcat traditions will carry on in new generations.

"The public is probably going to think probably negative because of the different groups of kids because its kids from this area, kids from that area," Will Cameron, a community advocate said. "But the kids are fine with it. It's the adults that think negatively. The kids, they are pumped."

"I'm sad because I will miss it," Cook said. "I'm happy to go to the new school next year because it's going to be fun."

The Lincoln Middle School is located on 3215 West 3rd Street, near Wheeler Field.

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