Lee High demolition nearly finished
BATON ROUGE - At the site of Lee High, school is definitely out for summer.
"You always hate to see something torn down that was such a big part of your life for so long," said Neil Sweeney, a graduate of the Lee High class of 1975.
As his alma mater turns to dust, Sweeney reflected on a time when high school was very different.
"Crazy things you wouldn't see anymore, like 'Rebel Day,' when they sold live snakes and people would walk around with hundreds of snakes. You wouldn't see that today," he said.
Things like smashing cars with sledghammers and climbing greased poles - they happened on days like "Rebel Day." But they never will again, in part because Lee High students are now the "Patriots," and in part because the campus will be completely new after the $58 million project is complete.
Construction is expected to start in early 2014 and is expected to be open for the 2015-2016 school year.
"All the Lee High people are glad to it's going to be existing in some form, and that they're not building some apartment complex here," said Sweeney.