With video

MacDougal School demolition under way

By Bane Okholm | Nov 16, 2012
Photo by: Bane Okholm Demolition equipment digs into the former MacDougal School on Broadway Nov. 16.

Rockland — Demolition of the MacDougal School began Nov. 16 following two years of disuse. The building was closed as a public school, and ownership was turned over to the city, by quitclaim deed, upon the end of the fall 2010 semester.

On Aug. 13, the Rockland City Council refused to revisit a motion that would have authorized the council to permit the Old School Institute of Arts and Sciences or other organizations to conduct an engineering assessment of the MacDougal School and land.

MacDougal School demolition
(Video by: Juliette Laaka)
Demolition equipment digs into the former MacDougal School on Broadway Nov. 16. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
(Photo by: Bane Okholm)
(Photo by: Bane Okholm)
(Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Comments (12)
Posted by: Eileen Wilkinson | Nov 18, 2012 05:09

Where is the money for this demolition coming from? It carries a very high price tag.

Posted by: Alice Newbert | Nov 17, 2012 21:17

I remember when it became the North School Lions when I was in 2nd grade and we all got blue t-shirts with the logo on it that a kid in the 5th drew.

Posted by: Kathleen Jones | Nov 17, 2012 12:40

I will miss this school as well.  Many good memories.  I had three teachers here who I remember fondly; Mrs. Lamb, Ms. Racine and Mr. Baracelli. 


Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Nov 17, 2012 07:58

I went to the old "North School" when it opened.  Ours was a large class (1961) and had been shunted around the city as the school dept. tried to find room for us - anywhere!  Started at Tyler School on Warren Street, then to Purchase Street School . . . and finally to the spiffy new North School.  I was thrilled when it was renamed for Mrs. MacDougal . . she was THE BEST!  A plaque, for sure!

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 17, 2012 04:25

Think we'll all see what Mr. Kinney meant when looking at the same properety in a few years. Mrs. MacDougal was a person of vision; that's why many remember her so fondly.  Think she'd be looking at this with expectation instead of regrets.

Posted by: Terri Casey | Nov 16, 2012 23:04

You might want to note that Mr Kinney (who has commented here) is NOT a Rockland resident but in the "rental/property management business" .Much of it in Rockland.

Posted by: Cynthia M Palacios | Nov 16, 2012 21:00

I went to North School from 1955-1961 with Mrs. MacDougal as the principal. Lots of great memories were made. It is sad to see this building come down.

Posted by: Debra L Whittier | Nov 16, 2012 17:54

I'm feeling sad and nostalgic about this. North School, as it used to be called, was my elementary school and Mrs. MacDougall was my principal.   Lots of memories. There should be something in tribute to MacDougall School and the fine lady it was named for.

Posted by: Ronald E Dyer | Nov 16, 2012 16:35

Hopefully the city's historical group will put up a marker or something to remember it by.

I suspect you are probably right Valerie, I hope it's not some slum lord that will have the properties if that is the case.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 16, 2012 16:14

Low Income housing next?


Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Nov 16, 2012 15:46

Congratulations City of Rockland for doing the right thing with a building that has been rendered useless.  It was the most efficient at the time but TIMES CHANGE. 

Posted by: Ronald E Dyer | Nov 16, 2012 15:23

I'm glad Mrs MacDougal didn't live to see this day. Shame on RSU-13, the City of Rockland, and the citizens of Rockland themselves for allowing this school to end up like this.

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