Bitburg High School closes doors after 60 years
BITBURG, Germany — The Bitburg Barons will soon take their place in DODEA Europe lore as Bitburg High School closes next week after 60 years.
Students, teachers, military personnel, families, community members and alumni marked the end of an era at a bittersweet closing ceremony Thursday outside the school — one of the last vestiges with activity on the mostly-deserted Bitburg Annex — exactly one week before students walk its halls for the last time.
“We’ve been prepared for a while for it to close down and it never actually happened,” said Tristan Korff, a junior who’s attended Bitburg schools his entire life. “Now that it’s actually going to close down, it feels kind of unreal but at the same time, it’s about time.”
The school opened in 1956 — and moved to the current building in 1976. This year, 154 students were enrolled, including 31 in the last graduating class.
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