Well, I first thought about starting this community when I went back to the site of the old Groton-Dunstable high school to vote in the past election. They renovated the old building into an embarrasing architectural confection of pastel tiles and gaudy pillars... the original hallways and classrooms are almost impossible to place, and the entire cafeteria has moved into the basement. The dusty trophy cases and class murals are nowhere to be found, and perhaps most horrifying to me as a student active in the theatre program was the renovation of "the pit", or the brightly orange-and-purple amphitheatre where student productions and drama classes took place. It's lost its color, and in place of the prop closet there's a handicap ramp. It's apparently a "team meeting" room, though I have no earthly idea what they'll actually do in there.
I admit it, I'm a little bitter. It's not terribly devastating, high school was hardly the best time of my life and the old building was falling to pieces, I know. But still- there's something depressing in that after our class, the class of 2003 graduated... the place was torn to pieces. We can't go back and visit, because the original foundation is basically unrecognizable. There are small spots that still look like the old school- the math wing isn't too bad, and the stairwells that have doors leading to steps outside and to the other end of the school still look the same, for now, anyway. I've only been out of school for about a year and a half, so it's not fair to say that my heart is breaking and I miss the hallowed halls of GDRHS- but it was sad to see them tearing it down as soon as we left, and even sadder to see what they've done with it in the interim.
So, this community is here to try and unite those of us who remember the old building and the way the school was while we were there. It may also end up serving as a meet-up of students who've since graduated, and, as a member of the class of 2003, I'm particularly interested in getting all of my peers with Livejournals on here to participate, if they'd like to. Very possibly no one will even post in this more than once or twice after I write this initial post, and that's fine, too. I'd just like it to be here, to recall places like "the pit" and remember the graffitti on the walls, the murals done by the classes preceeding mine and the senior project room. Most importantly, I'd like to have a community for kids who went to GDRHS, have fond or interesting memories of the old building, students and staff, and would like to keep in touch and remember via Livejournal.
So, pass this community on, join up and say hello. :D
Lindsay Hall, class of 2003
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