MUNCIE, Ind. - Friday afternoon marked the end of an era in Muncie as one of the city’s two high schools closed for good.
Students, staff and alumni of Muncie Southside High School got together for an emotional gathering to say goodbye. The sadness could be seen on the faces of students and staff.
"It's been somewhat sad, but I don't think it really hit anybody until just a few hours ago knowing that we're leaving this building for probably the last time," Southside senior Josh Strauch said.
Because of budget constraints, the Muncie Community Schools district will consolidate -- bringing an end to more than 50 years of Rebel pride.
The consolidation means Southside High School will close, and next year’s seniors won’t graduate as Rebels, but as Muncie Central High School Bearcats.
"We had three generations here. Unfortunately my grandson doesn't get to graduate from here, but he still got to go here, so it's real important to us," said Deb Nealis from the class of 1974.
"Once a Rebel always a Rebel. That's us. Southside Rebels. Go you Rebels we're all for you," said Phil Conner from the class of 1974.
Next year, Southside High School will become a middle school.
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