What on Earth are we going to do with the former East High School campus?
Efforts to revive the school district property, which was also home to Bremerton Junior High School, have failed to this point.
But this place has a proud history. There is also another bright side: the Bremerton Teen Center and a low-cost dental clinic are now located at the campus. There’s still talk of demolishing the 125,000 square feet of mostly rotting classrooms. Plus, in a surprising move, the State Legislature this year kicked in $1 million in improvements for the school’s revered gym.
On Tuesday at 6 p.m., we will meet inside that gym (3102 Wheaton Way) to discuss the campus’ past, present and future and we’ll tour the area. Special guests for our latest Kitsap Sun Story Walk include:
- Rick Walker, East High School class of 1974 graduate and one of the greatest basketball players to come out of Bremerton.
- Aaron Leavell, teacher who started in Bremerton in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become the school’s superintendent.
- Patricia Hennessy, who ran for a time the now-defunct Youth Wellness Campus, an attempt to revitalize the property with a focus on arts and athletic education.
- Chuck Stark, former Kitsap Sun sports editor, who sees potential in the campus’ athletic future and wonders if city and school officials could do more to make that idea a reality.
To conclude the story walk, staff from both the Bremerton Boys & Girls Club and the Lindquist Dental Clinic will be on hand to give tours of both facilities.
Hope you can join us! You may RSVP here if you like. In the meantime, I ask: what would you like to see happen at the campus?
Links to previous Kitsap Sun Story Walks: