Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Old Richard Montgomery building is coming down

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Laurie DeWitt⁄The Gazette
The old Richard Montgomery High School building is being razed to make way for new athletic fields.
After 66 years of occupying a small corner of Rockville, the old Richard Montgomery High School building is being torn down.

Moreno E. Carrasco, the school’s principal, said construction crews began demolishing the building late last week. He said it is being torn down one piece at a time.

‘‘It’s like an institution coming down,” Carrasco said Monday afternoon. ‘‘Basically, that building has been there forever.”

The old school building had been open since 1942 before closing its doors in December.

Students now attend classes in the school’s new $86.7 million facility, which opened Jan.3 and was constructed on the same campus at Fleet Street and Richard Montgomery Drive.

The school community was eagerly awaiting the completion of the facility, which had been under construction since 2005. It had been scheduled to open at the beginning of the school year in August.

The new building, which sits on 25.7 acres, was built on what used to be the football field. The old facility is being razed to make way for athletic fields.

‘‘The plan is to have everything demolished by the beginning of June,” Carrasco said.

School officials are hoping the new athletic fields are ready for use in the fall.