EASTLAND, Texas (KTAB) – While the legendary Eastland High School building looks the same on the outside, the inside has completely transformed. Getting a total facelift, the school is now handicap accessible.
Built in 1929, the Eastland High School building is an icon, but it wasn’t handicap accessible.
“We didn’t have an elevator. We didn’t have restrooms on the second and third floor,” Eastland ISD Superintendent Jason Cochran said.
For Troy Jones, his high school career was spent on the first floor.
“I never did get to be with my classmates. I didn’t like it but It had to be. It was something I had to deal with,” Jones said.
For retired Eastland ISD teacher Opa Little, she carried her wheelchair bound son up and down the starts from class to class.
“It was just something I had to do so I did it. Then I could do it but I’m not saying about what I could do now,” Little said.
Now, after a total renovation, Troy was able to see the second and third floors of his alma matter for the first time.
“It felt like I was going back to school. It was really neat,” Jones said.
Mrs. Little was able to see the future for kids just like her son.
“I’ll tell you it’s a marvel. I can’t believe they could do all of this. It’s wonderful,” Little said.
As well as adding handicap accessibility, they also added modern science labs and redesigned the classrooms.