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When the mighty, historic Cass Tech High School came crashing down this time last year, dozens of alumni gathered to catch one last glimpse of the 93-year-old building.
Some fought back tears. Others cheered. Most watched in shock.
The alumni were as diverse as Cass Tech’s curriculum. They were engineers, politicians, a clown, musician and homeless man.
All had a story. A first love. Best friends. Adolescence. Sports.
During the month I spent watching the demolition last summer, I listened eagerly to accounts of life at the city’s premier school. They didn’t talk about gangs and blight. Their Detroit was more promising and hopeful.
This video is a collection of demolition videos and interviews with alumni.
Check back Thursday for a look at forgotten artwork that was salvaged from the school before demolition.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.