By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– Outside West Catholic High School, students huddled and hugged — some cried, upon news that the school is on the closing list.

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Brandon Calhoun will be in West Catholic’s final graduation class, marking the end of an illustrious nearly century-long school history and personal family legacy.

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“My grandma, she graduated from here and my mom went here after her. And they wanted me to come here to fill in their footsteps. And now it’s closing. I really wanted to send my kids here.”

Once separate boys’ and girls’ schools, dwindling enrollment forced consolidation in 1989, and now that closing.

Full disclosure: Tony Hanson is part of the West Catholic class of ’73.

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