Demolition starts on Davenport Central High School's historic smokestack

The take down is a part of the pool and auditorium project.

By Sarah Greene | sgreene@whbf.com

Published 07/29 2015 06:50PM

Updated 07/29 2015 06:52PM

Demolition began Wednesday on Davenport Central High School's Smokestack. The take down is a part of the pool and auditorium project. 
While it no longer functions, the old smokestack still holds some sentimental value. Brick by brick the iconic smokestack will be no more. 
 
That's what brought out alumnus and former teacher, Dick Stahl, and his wife to the construction zone. 
 
He remembers, "I would run around it because when we had gym class we would come out the East doors, then we ran around it, across Harrison Street and then down to the park, and then we ran back when class was over, of course, but I have very fond memories of all of that."
 
The 160 ft. structure was originally built as a boiler for the school, but has not been used for many years.
 
As for the bricks, Stahl says he'd be willing to pay for the first brick, "I think it would be a memento of something that I was here the day they did that. I was here the day they took the chimney down."
 
The demolition will continue until the the last brick is taken down. No word yet on what they plan to do with the bricks, but the school district is exploring the idea of using them for a fundraiser. 

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