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Parrish HS holds last graduation before closing

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The ceremony was held at the school's football stadium. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC The ceremony was held at the school's football stadium. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC
WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

As a new class of Parrish High School graduates prepare to enter adulthood, the community will close the doors on its beloved school

In April, the board of education voted to close the school along with Sipsey K-8 and T.S. Boyd K-8. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the football stadium.

"Now that it's finally here I just don't want to leave," said Valedictorian Mason Secrest.

Secrest and his classmates have been waiting for this moment all year. But knowing this is the last time they'll step foot in their school is hard to come to terms with.

"Just got to show everyone that I love them one last time before we go out as young professional men and women and give a little parish to the rest of the world," Secrest said.

The school's closure is a result of funding cuts.

It's not just an emotional moment for students but their principal as well.

"Being here I've made some really great friends with parents and faculty. Got to know a lot of the kids really well," said Principal Jody Claborn.

As each graduate walked the stage for the last time on Parrish High Schools football field it brought a sense of accomplishment and heartache. For some students the school may be gone but the spirit never fades.

"I'm still going to bleed purple and white," said Mekya Hill.

The remaining students at Parrish will have the choice to attend Oakman or Cordova High Schools next year.

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