By Erica Thomas, managing editor
BIRMINGHAM — On July 6, 2021, the sound of a cracking foundation rang out in east Birmingham. The demolition of Banks High School/Middle School was the end of an era for many, as it served as the place they developed their personal foundation.
For years, the old building stood vacant and now the city of Birmingham is working on a $400,000 project to clear the land and begin new development of the area.
“Banks has served this community well, and now it’s time we serve Roebuck Springs and South East Lake just as well by providing new opportunity for its residents,” Mayor Randall Woodfin said.
The building has served as only an eyesore since the school was closed in 2007. However, many memories were kept in those walls that no longer stand.
The last class to graduate from the school was the class of 1989. After that, the remaining students were able to go to Woodlawn or Huffman High Schools.
In 2015, The Tribune got an outside and inside look at what was left of the school. The overgrown football field was where Shorty White coached the Banks Jets football team to two state championship titles. Even the National Geographic recognized the team.
The photos below were taken by Publisher Scott Buttram before the demolition of the old Banks building.