GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The last day of school for Polar Bear country was a bittersweet one, as students said the final farewell to Creston High School.
Creston is closing as part of the Grand Rapids Public Schools transformation plan in an effort to make better use of space and money. Creston was selected partly due to declining enrollment.
Tyra Williams is a sophomore at Creston, her whole family graduated as a polar bear. “Even though I’m going to be playing basketball and volleyball for unity next year as a Red Hawk I’m still going to be a polar bear. I’m going to know that I’m still a polar bear no matter what,” she said.
The remaining Creston students have the option to attend Central next year in the district and graduate under the Creston name, they’ll be the last group to do so. Meanwhile, City High Middle students will move into Creston’s old building next year.
“Its not going anywhere really its still going to be in your heart and even though city is coming in next year it’s not going to change anything of what the building is and what it means,” said Williams.
The bond at Creston High School easy to see, Principal Troy Wilbon says everyone is like a big family.“I can truly say that Creston High School is a family and just like any family everybody has their ups and downs but at the end of the day we come together and have accomplished a lot of great things together,” he said.
Wilbon says while its emotional, its exciting to know the opportunities that lay ahead for students. ” I know the right decisions have been made and all the students not just Creston, but all the students for GRPS will be in a better place in a few years.”