Harrison High School in Farmington Hills closing down after 49 years

Posted at 7:41 AM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 17:58:55-04

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Today is the last day of school at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills – and the last time classes will be in session.

After being open for 49 years, the school will close down due to declining enrollment, school officials say.

"Harrison is not just a job, it's a family," says English Teacher Troi Abner. "The years, the memories, the staff, the students. It's just really hard to say goodbye."

In 2018, Farmington Hills school board voted to sell the high school property to the city.

"Myself, I'm retiring because I won't be able to see the kids like the other teachers may," says Counselor Amy Proctor. "We knew this was coming, but when it actually happens, emotions got the best of me, when I saw some of the students."

According to the Farmington Voice, a community news website, the city will look into converting Harrison into a $27 million community center.

The school opened in 1970, first graduating class was 1972.