It was almost three years ago that my dear Alma Matter came crashing down. I posted a short history and personal reflections in a May, 2017 post (see link below). In that post I wrote that it was time for her to rest and quit missing us. Well the school may be gone, but the property has not rested long. There are some great things happening. Let me update you.
No longer will the boys swim naked in the “L” building pool (school policy before the 1950’s). There won’t be anyone cussing out referees in the pit-like main gym (using a megaphone stolen from Highland High and repainted red and blue). There won’t be any tater tots flying across the cafeteria to hit you in the back of the head. But, you know, there hasn’t really been anything going on there for almost a decade. It’s time for her to rest and to quit missing all of us as much as we miss her.
Vince Bath Goodbye to Granite High
A Brand New Neighborhood
What was most recently the baseball and softball diamonds, swimming pool and football field has been developed into an upscale 70-home subdivision called Granite Legacy. The homes range from 2500 to 3200 sq. feet with an original price point of about $450,000.
All of the lots have been sold and the last dozen or so homes are now being completed.
Residents of the old Granite Neighborhood say these homes have been a very positive development — providing a nice buffer from the more run down part of South Salt Lake and bringing some very nice people into the area.
Paying homage to Granite High’s memory, the street running down the center of the project has been dubbed Letter Hi Lane.
A New Library and So Much More
Maybe even more pleasing than a great new neighborhood is what is happening where the old “L” and “S” buildings once stood (corner of 3300 South and 500 East). Ground will be soon be broken on a beautiful new library. This library (reported to be the largest in the Salt Lake County system) will be much more than just a library.
According to a January 27 article in the South Salt Lake Journal the architects included several design elements paying tribute to Granite High. Among them are preservation of most of beautiful ash trees along 500 East; display of the mosaic seal that graced the floor of Granite’s main entrance (mounted on the wall to prevent trampling by the uninitiated); the granite rock near the main entrance, old Granite-themed photos on the walls and a color scheme reminiscent of Granite’s exterior brick.
The library was also designed with amenities — inside and out — making it more of a community center and taking advantage of the almost three acres that will surround the building.
Outdoor, there will be a fitness trail circling the property. On the site there will be a plaza, public art, a great lawn running from the intersection to the main entrance, an amphitheater, a playground and a dedicated gathering place (think food trucks).
Inside is a large child section including space for active play, story time and media collections. For teens, there will be places for study, play and socializing. There will be technology and create spaces, too, along with meeting rooms and social areas.
Bill Hardesty South Salt Lake Journal