It’s finally come to pass that what was once a rather versatile building just north of Waldport’s main downtown would finally be launched on it’s final mission serving the community – from being a high school, then middle school, then school administration, and now back to the flat ground it was built on in the early 1930s. Some say the ground will soon sport low income housing or some sort of tourist center – motel(s) and such.
The old school’s demise signals the end of quite a number of recent demolitions around Waldport starting with the high school that succeeded this one, most of the middle school that succeeded this one, and the administration offices that succeeded this one. It literally outlasted them all, possibly because it was a beautiful building in its day – even looked pretty good a few months ago as it tried to smile out from under its peeled paint and mold.
But down it went – now lying in a pile of what would otherwise be recyclable wood and other useable items. But prices are too low for that stuff these days to make even the sorting worthwhile so it’s all likely to go to Coffin Butte – the region’s landfill near Corvallis. The wood should help compost enough material for a huge number of gardens around Oregon. You could say that’s the old school’s final gift to the community and the descendents of those who built it.
The final remnant of the old school now is the Moose Lodge. Waldport’s “First Gentleman” Ray Woodruff says it was originally the high school’s gymnasium. He says even the town’s library building once held a few of its classrooms when things got a bit crowded up the street.
Woodruff says the debris from the old school should be loaded up and hauled away within a week. It’ll leave a rare, if not rather pleasant view northward to Alsea Bay and River. Look quickly – for as we all learn throughout our lives, nothing lasts forever.