CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- "These are the steps we stood on almost fifty-five years ago," says Bob Narde, Class of 1963.
And on Tuesday afternoon, Narde and a handful of his former Northside Blodgett High School classmates stood on those steps for the very last time.
"I feel sad," says Julie Errett."My parents graduated from the school, my brothers and sisters, cousins--so it brings back a lot of memories. Good memories."
The group was the last to graduate before Corning's East and West High opened.
Now, the former building is on track to be torn down and the property redeveloped. Several graduates reconnected in the midst of demolition to take one final picture as the building still stands.
"Our band was a lot of fun, our May Day that we had, [and the] sororities we were in," says Errett. "We had a good time."
And although the building may be gone soon, it's the memories and the people the group says they cherish the most.
"The friendships I made with all of these kids--these adults--it was just great," says Narde.
The building is on schedule to be completely torn down within the next five months.
"It's a privilege today to be here," says Joan, another member of the '63. "My parents, brothers, cousins, we all attended Northside High School. It was a safe environment and just wonderful memories."
Some of the school's history will be kept alive, however. The former clock tower will be restored and displayed within the school district.