Heights High ceremony honors past, looks to the future
The Heights High farewell ceremony and groundbreaking on May 12 brought together alumni, current students, families, community members and staff to honor the school’s history and look forward to a bright future. The future of Heights High includes a renovated building at the current site, with construction to begin this June.
The ceremony included a welcome by Superintendent Talisa L. Dixon, and comments by Dennis Wilcox, Cleveland Heights mayor; Zoraba Ross, principal; Eric Silverman, board of education member and alumni foundation president; and Gary Balog, lead architect.
Will Pritts, a Heights High junior, introduced the video he produced, featuring interviews with alumni, and historic photos and film clips.
Four student representatives spoke about their experiences at Heights High, and student musicians from the Heights High Symphony, A Cappella choir and the Gospel Choir performed. The marching band performed an energetic finale, marching into the courtyard to the school’s signature song, “Eye of the Tiger.”
Alumni, including members of the classes of ’33 and ’36, helped bury a time capsule. The groundbreaking portion of the ceremony included many of the community members and staff who have been instrumental in the district’s facilities project.
The Heights High building at the corner of Cedar and Lee roads will close for two years for the construction project. During that time, high school students will attend the temporary Heights High on the Wiley campus on Miramar Boulevard in University Heights.
Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.