Wilbur Wright High School, 1929 – new addition, 1941. This building was decommissioned by Detroit Public Schools and originally had some interest in redevelopment. That faded quickly and now the structure has been left open to elements, graffiti and scrappers. Originally a technical school, Wilbur Wright was a school of performing arts in its final days.
An ironic poster left over from its final days.
The halls and classrooms are now stripped of everything that resembled a school. I crept in, alert to the unnerving sounds of scrappers and their tools working hard on the buildings carcass.
Once inside, I was comforted by the tag of good friend and fellow explorer Nailhed. A tag which usually echoes my footsteps where ever I explore.
The remaining school murals tell a sad tale of an institution that had once taught gifted children music, art and dance.
Water gushes through many parts of the building.
After climbing to the third floor, I found what I came here for.
One of the shop class rooms that my father-in-law learned his machinist skills in. Ive been told many stories about old Wilbur Wright, and the place sounds like it was brilliant. Actually it sounds like exactly what the DPS needs today. My father-in-law learned drafting and mathematics and hands on machine skills along with his other academics at WW. That knowledge and those skills have carried him all the way through to a retirement from the Ford Motor Company.
Recently he listed off all the various machines they had to work with at WW – and here they are, still sitting where he used them as a teenager.
Walls torn open by scrappers seeking valuable copper. Perhaps they were dismayed to find only worthless galvanized pipe. These people are a cancer to buildings, destroying entire walls to get at a few cents worth of scrap metal.
One last view of the soon to be demolished Tiger Stadium as I left the building – the sound of the scrappers was getting closer, and I need to secure my exit.
Rest easy Wilbur Wright. Hopefully they will demolish this building soon, and put it out of its current misery.