As plans continue on a new $52 million new building set to open in fall, crews ramped up the nine-week demolition of Samuel C. Mumford High School in northwest Detroit.

The Art Deco building on Wyoming Street was built over several years in the late 40s and early 50s, opening in 1949, and is most famous for an appearance in the movie "Beverly Hills Cop," in which Eddie Murphy wore a Mumford High shirt that became popular out of the theater. As 2004 graduate Kimani Jeffrey thinks back on his time at the school, he says it's inspired him to go looking for his matching Mumford shirt.

"I've got a lot of memories," Jeffrey said. "I grew up in that neighborhood and I always wanted to go to Mumford … I finally got there in my junior year and I loved it. I thought after high school my life was going to end."

Clearly, Jeffrey's life didn't end after high school -- he is still friends with his group from Mumford, works for the City Planning Commission and is attending grad school for urban planning. Still, he said that, while he understands why the building should be demolished, he was a fan of its architecture and is still feeling the wave of memories from his high school days.

"It's kind of like an old pair of shoes that just dread letting go, just because of the memories that are attached to it," he said. "But many times you know you need to ... and move on to the new."

The demolition, undertaken by Detroit-based 1 Way Service, Inc., is part of the $500 million Detroit Public Schools Capital Improvement Program started in 2009. It also includes in-progress demolition of Robeson and Mackenzie Schools and past demolition of seven others.

As the student population shrinks, the district has an abundance of closed schools it is attempting to sell for redevelopment, an effort that has earned over $10 million since 2009.

Some student loss can be attributed to the 15 schools leaving DPS for the Educational Achievement Authority. Mumford has been assigned to the EAA and in the fall will be under the management of the new statewide district for struggling schools.

Below, see some photos of Mumford High School and other demolished, empty or repurposed DPS schools, from architectural historian and HuffPost blogger Tim Boscarino.

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  • Samuel C. Mumford High School

    Demolition of Samuel C. Mumford High School, built in northwest Detroit in the late '40s, began in July 2012. Construction is underway on a new building. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Lewis Cass Technical High School

    The Lewis Cass Technical High School building on Second Avenue at the Fisher Freeway was built in 1922 and was demolished in 2011. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Duane Doty School

    Duane Doty near Boston-Edison is reopening as <a href="http://hfaes.hfli.org/news/pressrelease-henryfordacademyelementaryschoolwelcomesfoundingprincipal" target="_hplink">charter elementary school Henry Ford Academy</a> for September 2012. The site is in the National Registry of Historic Places. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • David Mackenzie High School

    Built in 1928, Mackenzie High School on the city's west side is in the process of being demolished as of summer 2012 as part of the Detroit Public Schools Capital Improvement Program. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • S. James Herman School

    S. James Hermans School was built at a Herman Gardens, a razed public housing complex on the west side in 1944. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Luther Burbank School

    On Detroit's east side, Burbank, constructed in 1931, features gryphons carved above the entrance by architectural sculptor Corrado Parducci. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Elizabeth Cleveland Intermediate School

    Cleveland Intermediate School was built in the 1920s at the edge of Hamtramck. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Thomas M. Cooley High School

    Cooley High was built in the 1920s on the northwest side. Now closed, it was one of the properties Detroit Public Schools <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/detroit-public-schools-real-estate_n_1537420.html" target="_hplink">listed for sale</a> at their Real Estate Conference. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Arthur Vandenberg Elementary School

    The Vandenberg School in northwest Detroit was built in the 50s and shut several years ago. WINGS (Women in Need of Guidance and Skills) since located there. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • John Lynch Elementary School

    The John Lynch Elementary School, <a href="http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/lynch/index.html" target="_hplink">built in 1914</a>, closed several years ago. It is located near the Coleman A. Young International Airport. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Zina Pitcher School

    Located on Pembrook St. in northwest Detroit, Pitcher was named after former Detroit Mayor Zina Pitcher. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>

  • Redford High School

    Redford was built in 1921, with the Art Deco facade added later. The spot in the northwest <a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/18850732/2012/06/21/firefighters-battle-blaze-at-old-redford-high-school-in-hot-conditions" target="_hplink">may be developed by Meijer</a>, who would raze the building. The old high school caught fire in June. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64937801@N02" target="_hplink">by chlorophytum comosum</a>.</em>


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