|Thomas Wolfe wrote
You Can't Go Home Again but in the summer
of 2003, I
tried. It had been 50 years (that's right half a century)
since I had graduated from the High School shown in the pictures
below. If you could read the sign over the school door, you
would see that it is now Packett's Glen the name of the
Apartments it has been turned into. A look at the door
on the right would show the words Fairport High School etched in
granite over the door. Since that day many years ago there
have been two additional iterations of Fairport High
School. Shortly after I left the old building was turned into
a middle school and eventually as things changed into apartments.
You can click on the picture to see a larger image. When the
building closed as a High School, operations moved to a new building
which was named after Minerva DeLand of the DeLand family a who were
well known in Fairport history and founders of the Florida town of
(DeLand near Orlando) which bears their name. The image below right
shows this building, which is currently a middle school. At
the bottom is an image of the brand new building (dedicated on
the feast of the Assumption in Aug 2003) of Our Lady of the
Assumption parish. Although baptized in a New York Church some
years before, it is here that my catholic life started. I
never did go far enough to photograph the current Fairport
High School (the name has reverted back from Minerva DeLand) but I'll do that on a future trip..
right : The entrance to the
High School which now sports the name of the apartments conversions
Packetts Landing, the other entrance to the High School over which
one can still see Fairport High School in the Granite over the door.
The area behind the building, once the football gridiron is now town
homes. On the right above is Minerva Deland Middle School.
This became the High School shortly after I graduated.