TEXAS CITY, Texas — The halls that, for 63 years, held the memories of hanging out at the lockers gossiping, rushing to Bill Johnson’s history class before the final bell or hearing “it’s pronounced be-cause and not be-cuzz” from John Martin, started to come down last week.
Most of the structure at 1800 Palmer Highway that was the once home of Texas City High School is being torn down to make way for the new Blocker Middle School.
Some parts of the building, which was first constructed in 1958, will remain. But the campus’ A, B, C and D wings are coming down. Demolition of the campus, which was closed in December when the new Texas City High School opened across the street, started Thursday.
Jack Haralson, the Texas City school district’s construction project manager, said demolition is scheduled to be done by September. District spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici said the new Blocker Middle School is expected to open in the fall of 2014.