DOVER, Del. -- The old boarded up Dover High School on Pat Lynn Dr. is scheduled to begin the first phase of demolition during the first week of May.
Some of the school's alumni have been visiting the deserted school grounds for one last look before it's torn down.
For class of 1994 graduate, Kelley Cole, it's the little memories like waiting for her mom's car to pull up to the curb after school, and hanging out on the tennis courts that make her eyes swell with tears.
"I got a little teary just seeing it and all of those memories and realizing it's not going to be here," said Cole as made her way through the school's u-shaped driveway.
Cole recalls some of her fondest Dover High memories.
"I played varsity tennis all four years. Those were some of the best memories, made some of my best friends playing tennis," said Cole.
The school was closed last year and has since been replaced by the new 290,000-square foot high school on route eight.
Capital Schools District Superintendent Michael Thomas says the demolition will happen in two phases.
An interior demolition of the school is scheduled during the first week of May, while the exterior demolition of the school will happen in the middle of the month.
Class of 2003 graduate Lauren Evans met her high school sweetheart at the old high school. Today they have two young children who both attend South Dover Elementary.
Evans says generations of her family attended the original Dover high and she's sad to see it go.
"I think it's a shame," said Evans, "I thought it could've been used. My great-grandparents and aunts and cousins all went to Dover High."
District officials say once the school is razed - another school may be built in its place.
The school served the community's youth for nearly 50 years.