Marshfield: Hundreds gather for emotional turn off the high school lights ceremony

Nearly a thousand people turned out at Marshfield High School Wednesday night for the ceremony, and to take a walk through the school one last time before the 44 year old building, built back in 1970, is demolished to make way for a new model high school.

While there wasn’t a switch to turn out all the lights, the outside bottom lights were symbolically turned off for the ceremony.

Emotions ran high for Christine Hayes, who graduated with Class of 1980.

“It’s killing me! It’s killing me! It’s so sad!” she said.

Christine’s classmate Robin Fay was also in a nostalgic mood.

“It’s just a lot of memories – a lot of friends. It’s the end of an era!” Christine said.

Kim Figuerido, who also graduated in 1980 said, “Walking through, you didn’t realize that this was going to be it, but when they turned just the bottom lights out, you really felt it. You know, your heart kind of sank. You knew that it’s real. But, we have a lot of memories and the new high school is great, so, it’s going to be good going forward.”

School Superintendent Dr. Scott Borstel, High School Principal Bob Keuther and State Representative Jim Cantwell were also on hand for the ceremony.

The old school is slated to be demolished in mid-July.

A ceremony to open the new high school is scheduled for August 8.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.