‘I don’t want this to be forgotten’: Tates Creek HS alumni reflect, walk the halls of their old school for the last time


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Tates Creek High School held an open house for its former students on Sunday, providing an opportunity to reminisce about the good times there before the doors closed for the last time. over decades of Commodore history.

Principal Marty Mills says the school has been open since 1965. A melting pot, containing 57 years of memories and many of which resurfaced within its walls as former students returned to their old classrooms and lockers for the last time.

Phil Gray was among the many alumni in attendance, quarterback of a state champion football team in 1972 and a member of the Class of 1973. Thanks to renovations over the years, people like Gray say it’s radically different from when they came, but some spots have stood the test of time.

“The little theater is the same, the cafeteria is the same, the gym is the same,” Gray said.

Others remembered their daily routines which were inextricably linked to this building.

“I distinctly remember stopping and walking through the doors, and how far I walked each day,” said Jonathan Smith, a graduate in 1993.

Places and motifs that will soon be stripped. So the very students who made those moves and breathed life into those hallways had one more chance to experience them again.

“I’m excited about the new building for the future of students,” said Andrew Shayde, a member of the Class of 1999. “But I don’t want that to be forgotten. I want this to be a time capsule forever, so I hope a lot of people take pictures today.

As the foundation forms around a new Tates Creek High School, some Commodores returned to pick up the old bricks they had laid.

Tates Creek best friends Angie and Jonathan Smith were cemented together in brick along with two other friends and eventually got married.

“He called my mom one day and asked for my phone number and the rest is history,” said 1993 graduate Angie Smith.

Just one example of how this school has a lasting effect on its students that will remain long after the doors have closed for the last time.

“Like everything in life, it’s about relationships,” Gray said. “The relationships I created here with a lot of people, I still have today and I think they will last a lifetime.”

Principal Mills says the new school will be ready for the next school year starting in August.

The Tates Creek Boys basketball team is selling off pieces of the gymnasium floor as a fundraiser. You can go to their facebook page for more details.

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