Demotion of the old Driscoll School has begun, three months after the new K-8 building opened on Washington Street.
Crews will continue taking down the historic building over the coming weeks, and the town is planning to build playing fields on the site later this spring.
On Saturday, Rachel DeYoung and Torrence Chrisman were chatting in an alley behind the school as they looked at the rubble. Both had heard that the old Driscoll was coming down, and came by to see the scene.
“Talk about nostalgia. It just slams you in the face,” said Chrisman, who attended the school between 1999 and 2003. “I had good times in that building.”
He pointed out an exposed piece of the building’s center staircase. “I used to run up and down that every day.”
DeYoung’s son graduated from Driscoll last year.
“I knew it was coming, but I was thinking they’d wait until spring,” she said. “It makes me sad, but I’m sure the new building is going to be amazing.”
The original historic building, a six-classroom schoolhouse, was built in 1911. Various additions expanded the school in 1929, 1953 and 1979, according to a 2019 report from the Brookline Preservation Commission.
A piece of the old building is torn down. Video by Mariah Nobrega