Historic Saginaw school faces the wrecking ball - WNEM TV 5

Historic Saginaw school faces the wrecking ball

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North Middle School in Saginaw North Middle School in Saginaw
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Like a giant prehistoric monster chomping away, heavy machinery is knocking down North Middle School on Saginaw's west side. 

Not even a knight in shining armor inside the building can stop the workers.

The project has drawn the attention of former students and people who are just curious. Some stopped by to snap pictures.  

While the building will soon be history, parts of it are being stored where history lives and you can get a piece of it.

The statue of Abraham Lincoln when he was just starting out as a lawyer was prominently displayed in the front entryway of the school. It's now on permanent display at the Castle Museum in Saginaw. 

"It was purchased by the students with funds through a paper drive. It was dedicated on Armistice Day in 1911," says Deputy Director of the Castle Museum, Tom Trombley. "It was a symbol of good luck and really a meeting spot for generations of North students."

Besides donating the statue to the museum, the Saginaw School District also sent over sports trophies from North, along with other items from the school such as a beanie, a pennant and a report card.

Bricks from the school are available for people to take home for souvenirs. 

Covenant Healthcare bought the school and the property it sits on from the Saginaw School District in 2013 for $325,000.

Covenant hasn't decided what the future holds for the property.

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