Demolition begins on Friday to bring down the former Woodward High School in Bond Hill.
It will take about four weeks to finish demolishing the four-story brick building on Reading Road. The demolition will clear space on the Woodward campus for a football stadium. Construction will begin late this summer on the stadium.
Two items have been salvaged from the old building and will be installed in the new building: A tanning table from William Woodward's leather shop, and the front door to Woodward's mansion. William Woodward was a businessman who believed strongly in education and provided money to build the first Woodward school.
The school was built in 1953 and housed Woodward High School until 2006 when the school moved into a $41-million building constructed on campus, part of CPS' 10-year, $1 billion rebuilding program. The school is now named Woodward Career Technical High School.
The new building is the 6th home for Woodward, which opened 179 years ago in downtown Cincinnati. It was the first high school established west of the Allegheny Mountains.