Crews begin demolition of old Cordova High School
by Jennifer Cohron
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Demolition of the old Cordova High School began Monday. The gymnasium was the first part of the 1940-era school to go. The project is expected to be completed in three to six weeks. – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
Demolition of the old Cordova High School began Monday. The gymnasium was the first part of the 1940-era school to go. The project is expected to be completed in three to six weeks. – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
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CORDOVA — A crew from Virginia Wrecking Company Inc. began tearing down the old Cordova High School on Monday.

Demolition is expected to take approximately three weeks, according to contractors on-site. School starts back Aug. 19.

Walker County School System Superintendent Jason Adkins said he is hopeful the project will be completed in a month.

“I do not think there will be any inconvenience with school traffic. That was one of the reasons why we wanted to get this underway as soon as possible,” Adkins said.

The school was built in the late 1930s through the Works Progress Administration. It closed in 2008 and was replaced by a new 100,000 square-foot facility constructed on the other side of Hudson-Kirby Stadium.

In the years since, the school has become an eyesore in the community as weeds have overtaken parts of the property and vandals have broken windows and trashed the interior.

The Walker County Board of Education accepted the bid for demolition from Daphne-based Virginia Wrecking in April.

Funding for the project will come from the Alabama Public School and College Authority.

The first part of the school to go was the gym, which school board officials had hoped to save before learning it would cost between $150,000 and $200,000.

Cordova Fire and Rescue was granted permission to use the gym shortly after their facility was damaged in the April 2011 tornadoes.

The department has now been relocated to the old VFW.

Adkins said after the property is leveled off, it will be used for parking and perhaps a small practice field for local teams.