Hundreds tour former South High School

Hundreds attend the groundbreaking of the former South High School in Springfield. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The former South High School has been out of commission for six years, but a $13.5 million grant is breathing life into the facility.

Hundreds shared memories of way back when. History not written in books, but formulated in hallways.

One visitor remembered her principal more than 60 years ago.

“When we had an auditorium, and everyone was loud, when he came in everyone would shut up,” she said.

Linda Gatten Butler graduated from South in the 60’s. She walked the halls as a tour guide on Friday. Her husband walked the halls as a principal in the 80’s.

She says the new renovations can only help the city of Springfield.

“And now this is like a rebirth, it’s healing, it’s fabulous. People are excited. We’re celebrating,” Linda said.

Linda says South High has fallen into disrepair over the past few years. But she can vividly recall some of the best memories of her high school career.

“Especially on the stage, the auditorium. I was Dororthy in the Wizard of Oz in 1967. My husband was in plays also,” she remembered.

Some are celebrating their 70th high school reunion. Others wanted to glance at the library’s dome. All were joined by the rich history of the school’s spirit.

“The spirit was incredible. It was a beautiful school. It still is a beautiful school. And a beautiful building, and I’m glad they’re renovating it.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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