On May 12th, Blackburn Middle School administrators and PTSA hosted a final public tour of the school. Blackburn is slated to be demolished very soon as the new version of the school takes shape right next door.
The event had a great turnout of former Blackburn Middle, Blackburn Jr. High, and Jim Hill School graduates–all of whom uttered memories of their school as they toured the building.
It’s exciting to see that the students of Blackburn will be getting a brand new school for the upcoming school year. However, it’s a little disheartening to see a structure–originally built in 1912–become only a memory. It would have been awesome if the old Blackburn could become West Jackson’s version of Duling School!
Nevertheless, decisions have been made and beyond any sentiment is the fact that hundreds of West Jackson middle school students will be able to learn in a modern facility constructed just for them.
Below are some photos taken during the tour. For more photos, visit our Facebook photo album.
By the way, if you are interested in purchasing a brick from the old school, contact the school’s office at (601) 960-5329. The bricks are $85, and the first 100 bricks purchased by tomorrow (May 20) will be installed into the library of the new school as a memoriam to the original Blackburn. Proceeds will go to benefit the efforts of the Blackburn Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA).