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Rocket Boys' Alma Mater to Be Demolished


A former high school that was the Rocket Boys’ alma mater is going to be torn down.

McDowell County Schools Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells The Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the former Big Creek High School is expected to be demolished this summer. However, the gymnasium will remain.

Nelson says a playground will be constructed at the site.

Big Creek opened in 1932 and closed in 2010. It was the alma mater of author Homer Hickam Jr. and four friends who became national science fair champions in 1960. The school was a source of inspiration for Hickam’s book, “Rocket Boys: A Memoir.” A movie based on the book, “October Sky,” was released in 1999.