BRAY, OK (KSWO) -After serving the community for 78 years, the original Bray-Doyle High School building was demolished by construction crews.
It's all part of a $3 million project approved by voters in January 2015 to build a new high school. Work has been delayed a couple of times by weather, but they're in the final push now, adding a new entry way, classrooms and a safe room onto the newer portion of the school. They're planning to hold classes there in August.
One woman who watched the demolition said she was a substitute teacher for the district, and she also said her family's roots in the old building date span four generations.
"My husband did and graduated from here with his brother and sister and all three of our kids and I've got two graduates all ready and two more still in school here," Kenna Webb said.
Webb says watching the structure that played an important role in educating her family come down, hit her hard.
"It was pretty emotional. I was thinking it was a good thing, but it's a bad thing. Just, I hate to see old stuff be destroyed. A lot of it just knowing the memories in that school. There's just so many memories for so many people," Webb said.
Those memories are not only precious to her family, but to the community as well.
"The kids, just the kids. They are wonderful. They're my heart and soul. They all call me me-maw," she said.
It’s a title she says she's earned over 43 years of living in the Bray-Doyle community.
"Just watching them grow up. So many of them I knew when they were born and have watched them grow to this," she said.
Webb realizes with time, there comes change. She says after more than 78 years, the original building had seen better days and was need of major repair. She says there were cracks in the foundation and plenty of electrical problems.
Webb says she's excited about the students' future with the high school.
"Mainly having the computer system where all the kids can get on it. The old building didn't have enough electrical outlets and it was all grandfathered in. It's just not what we needed. We out lived it," Webb said.
Webb says with the addition of new technology and classrooms, the students will have a greater appreciation for their new alma mater.
The school will get laptops for every student in grades eight through 12. The bond proposal also provided money for the district to get three new buses.