CLAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – For more than half a century Northmont High School has stood on National Road in Clayton. Now, it’s on the move.
At 2:50 in the afternoon on December 16, 2015, the bell rang and the mass student exodus began just as it has for over 50 years. As the students leave for winter break, however, there is one break in history. They’re not coming back.
To here at least and to these halls. After 55 years, the old Northmont High School has held its last class and given its last test. It now gives way to progress.
Northmont School District Board Member Bruce Clapp said, “Our community really deserves this. It’s a mark that allows us to be placed on the map not only for the education that we deliver, the extracurricular that are made available to our students but now, we have facilities that we can all be proud of.”
270,000-square-feet of new buildings and just over a mile in wiring for new technology. On this day, though the focus is not solely on the mile of hallways in the new but also the years down memory lane of the old.
Jenny Wood, the Northmont Information Officer said, “I’ve taken a lot of tours through here over the last several years because the classes graduating have great stories of things they did and they remember.”
High School Teacher John Boucuvalas told us, “Back then, other schools like Centerville and Beavercreek, we felt like we were at least as good as them not just in sports but in all aspects. We were a strong community, a strong school. There was a lot of pride back then.”
“Back then” for John Boucuvalas was the fall of 1988 and a State Championship on the Boys Soccer team as well as a Number 2 ranking in the nation.
But this old building that opened in 1960 and graduated nearly 28,000 students since has sent far more than just great athletes into the world. Although Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers still carries the Northmont banner.
Doctors, teachers, scientists, actresses, ministers, Dayton’s Fire Chief, Northmont alum, yes even a Journalist or two.
Class of ’88 and look at that mullet.
The bricks and mortar of this old man have had a profound impact on the Miami Valley and on this day as Northmont sets to usher in the new.
Bruce Clapp from the Class of 1987 said, “It is time to kind of step to the side and let the facilities and the new opportunities for today’s students take over.”
Alumni say thank you to those old halls.
John Boucuvalas of the Class of 1989 said, “I would say. They’ve served us well.”
“You served us very well,” said Clap.
School officials say demolition of the old building should be finished by Spring.