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Albany High alumni take one last walk through school's halls

Several hundred AHS graduates took one last chance to visit those hallowed halls before the school closes down for good. (Source: WALB) Several hundred AHS graduates took one last chance to visit those hallowed halls before the school closes down for good. (Source: WALB)
The memories spilled over from alumni both old and young. (Source: WALB) The memories spilled over from alumni both old and young. (Source: WALB)
After walking the halls, the alumni gathered in the stands at Hugh Mills Stadium for a group picture. (Source: Jim Bernhardt) After walking the halls, the alumni gathered in the stands at Hugh Mills Stadium for a group picture. (Source: Jim Bernhardt)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

You may or may not remember your last time walking the halls of your high school.

For many Albany High School alumni, that memory won't fade any time soon.

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Several hundred graduates took one last chance to visit those hallowed halls before the school closes down for good.

"Everybody in my family from my great grandfather on down to my youngest brother graduated from Albany High," said Angel Bradford, who graduated in 1979.

The memories spilled over from alumni both old and young.

"It's honestly kind of like looking through the yearbooks of the whole school's past," said Sarah Knowles, a member of the last graduating class at Albany High School, 2017.

"This is like saying goodbye to an old friend," said Bradford.

Some alumni have expressed sadness and anger over the school's closing.

State Rep. Ed Rynders, who graduated in 1978, proposed a solution to keep the school's name alive.

"I've talked to a lot of people, and what they really want is to at least have Albany-Monroe High, or Monroe-Albany High so you actually celebrate the alumni from both institutions," said Rep. Rynders.

The sight of so many former Albany High Indians wearing their orange and green overwhelmed many.

"I think it's a testament to what Albany High means to this community," said Bradford.

After walking the halls, the alumni gathered in the stands at Hugh Mills Stadium for a group picture.

It was a bittersweet ending to a school that means so much to its former students.

"We're all family here," said Knowles.

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