Children pop bubbles at the grand opening of the Salt Lake County Library’s Granite branch in South Salt Lake on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

It had been quite some time since South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood sang the Granite High School fight song.

The tune faded away into history when the Granite School District decided to close down the school in 2009, after 103 years in South Salt Lake. So, who could blame her for forgetting words?

After fumbling around the first few lines, the lyrics slowly came back to her, as did a flood of memories. She thought of times she sang the song at school events or on the bus ride to games as a member of the school’s soccer and basketball teams.

“In fact, I got slightly emotional just remembering what those years were to me in my life growing up,” Wood said.

Moments after alumni sang the fight song, the mayor watched as children huddled around her and Salt Lake County leaders last Friday morning to cut a ribbon and open the new Granite Branch Salt Lake County Library on the grounds of what used to be her alma mater.

A crowd of over a hundred people, including several who once attended Granite High School, cheered as the doors swung open and they toured the new facility with their children and grandchildren. It put to an end a question mark regarding what would happen to the school after the century-old building was torn down in 2017.

Continuing a legacy in a new way

There were a lot of possibilities regarding the future of the Granite High School space five years ago. A group led by Granite High alumni tried to preserve the building as a historic site in 2017, hoping to revive it in the same way Trolley Square was put to commercial use. Those plans never came to fruition, as the building came down later that year.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

Granite High School legacy lives on with new South Salt Lake library

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