Say goodbye to West Charlotte High School

West Charlotte High School was established in 1938 and has produced several notable alumni.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — One of the oldest public schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area is slated for demolition this year.

West Charlotte High School was established in 1938 and has produced several notable alumni.

Professional athletes, business leaders and state officials graduated from the high school near Beatties Ford Road, including Charlotte’s 54th Mayor, Anthony Foxx.

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The school held one last celebration with alumni from the class of 1946.

It took about forty years after its founding for West Charlotte High School to be desegregated in the fall of 1970.

“It’s one of the only original African-American high schools that still exists in the country,” said Deborah Houston McCall, of the West Charlotte class of 1978. “And to start a new legacy — don’t start over a new legacy – which perpetuates the pride of the Lion is simply fantastic.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is demolishing the original building and moving students to a new location next year.

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“The building contains memories, but the spirit will go wherever the students are,” said Jerredith Green, of the West Charlotte Class of 1992. “So we’re glad these students have new facilities. That’s the hour.”

According to CMS, a high-tech school with 100 classrooms will replace the current brick school.

Hundreds of former students have come to walk these halls for the last time.

“Really a great experience just to be here at home for the West Charlotte reunion,” said Calvin Easter, of the West Charlotte class of 1978. “It’s a bittersweet moment. Of course, the old school , you know, we’re gonna say goodbye and give it a rest. But it’ll never leave us. Never leave our hearts.

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