Judge rules to continue demolition of historic Wheatley High School

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HOUSTON, TX - From the classroom to the courtroom, old Wheatley High School is coming down.

A judge's ruling on Thursday against preserving the 85-year-old landmark at 1700 Gregg street in Fifth Ward, paved the way for demolition crews to finish the job.

Kathy Blueford-Daniels said, "It's very very disheartening.  There's a lot of history here, particularly in the fact that once Blacks or Negros could not go to any other school except for this school in the early 20s and 30s."

In September, demolition stopped when a temporary injunction was granted in favor of those trying to preserve it.

Houstonians watching the school come down say it's like watching history crumble.

"Mickey Leland would have been standing on this sidewalk protesting with the rest of us along with Barbara Jordan, to save the historic Wheatley.  Our history matters," said Joetta Stevenson.

There are plans to build the Mickey Leland College Prep Academy in place of the old school.

Houston Independent School District issued this statement:

HISD is pleased with the judge's decision and is ready to move forward with plans for voter-approved construction of a new state-of-the-art, 21st century learning facility that our students deserve. This new school building will be a source of pride not just for Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy, but for the entire community.

For many, the only thing left to preserve of their beloved school is memories.

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