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Duluth school closing roundup

Central High School, 800 E. Central Entrance Grades: 9-12 Celebration: Heart of a Trojan assembly in the gym at 7 p.m. May 31, to recognize the sophomores and juniors at Central this year. Students, alumni and staff are welcome. There will be a s...

Central High School, 800 E. Central Entrance

Grades: 9-12

Celebration: Heart of a Trojan assembly in the gym at 7 p.m. May 31, to recognize the sophomores and juniors at Central this year. Students, alumni and staff are welcome. There will be a slide show, speakers and reception.

What will happen to the building and why? The buildings on the campus and land will be sold, either in parcels or in one piece.

When was it built? 1971

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Special feature or historical highlight: The view of the city

East High School, 2900 E. Fourth St.

Grades: 9-12

Celebration: A "farewell assembly" from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the school. Guests will include Superintendent Keith Dixon and Mayor Don Ness. Past and retired East staff members and graduates are welcome.

What will happen to the building and why? It will become the new eastern middle school, beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

When was it built? 1926

Special feature or historical highlight: Kerry Leider, property and risk manager for the school system, cited the neighborhood setting, and the architecture of the building from the exterior brick to the gabled roof. The 1985 addition stayed true to the original architecture and character, he said.

Laura MacArthur Elementary School, 727 N. Central Ave.

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Grades: K-5

What will happen to the building, and why? It's likely to be demolished next winter, said Kerry Leider, property and risk manager for the school system. The area bordered by North Central Avenue, Elinor Street, North 59th Avenue West and West Sixth Street is expected to be converted into green space for community and school use. "It's a much larger building than we need," Leider said. "The repurposing of it is not something that's been considered." The new Laura MacArthur will open this fall across the street from the old building.

When was it built? Original wing in 1914; elementary wing in 1957.

Special feature or historical highlight: The 1914 wing of the building was the original Denfeld High School. When the present Denfeld opened in 1926, it became West Junior High. The elementary wing opened in 1957. It shared a cafeteria and administrative offices with West Junior High and was named Laura MacArthur after a longtime Duluth educator. West Junior High closed in the 1970s and the entire complex became an elementary school. Because it once was a high school and junior high, Laura MacArthur has an

auditorium.

Lester Park Elementary, 315 N. 54th Ave. E.

Grades: 2-5

What will happen to the building and why? The school will be torn down and the land will remain part of the school site. It's needed for green space and storm water retention and treatment. The condition of the school was not conducive to reuse.

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When was it built? 1917 with 35,800 square feet, and an addition of 12,600 square feet in 1954

Special feature or historical highlight: Some interior woodwork, divided-light windows, old-style transom-type windows and built-in cabinets. Property and risk manager Kerry Leider said the district is finding items that might be of interest to people, and depending on value as it compares to the cost of removal, might have a public auction.

Rockridge Elementary, 4849 Ivanhoe St.

Grades: K-1

What will happen to the building and why? The building and the land will be sold.

When was it built? 1965 with 18,700 square feet, and a 12,000-square-foot addition in 1992

Special feature or historical highlight: Its quiet location

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