Caddy Vista Elementary School, which is set to be torn down over the next few weeks, will be open to the public for the last time from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 4.

The school has sat empty since 1998 and has largely served as a storage facility, but soon the entire building will be demolished. Located off of Caddy Lane in the Caddy Vista neighborhood at 10010 Duane Court, the school served as an anchor for the Caddy Vista subdivision. The Racine Unified School District Board of Education approved razing the school at a meeting held Thursday, Aug. 21.

Built in 1954 with smaller starter homes, the 1,000-square-foot houses were built for the Korean War veterans and sold for $7,000, said Chris Zdeb, who runs the Caddy Vista Facebook page.

“We had a unique experience there,” Zdeb said. “We all know each other. Many of the people who own houses in the subdivision are the great grandchildren of the people who first moved in.”

With little development — other than the Caddy Vista neighborhood –happening and more single people moving into the homes over the years, the enrollment of the school district dropped. But for those that did attend Caddy Vista Elementary, a close bond was formed.

“We were out in the middle of nowhere and we were in a land of our own when we were in high school because most of us went to J.I. Case and it was a half-hour bus ride away,” Zdeb said. “We saw each other all of the time.”

He believes the school should have been torn down a long time ago. But he hopes people will come out to the school for one last time.

“I’m hoping we can get together, hug one another, shed a few tears and get together with old friends,” Zdeb said.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.