CLEVELAND – A local high school, thought to have closed its doors for good, could re-open after all. Cleveland’s East High School was on a list of 16 schools that closed at the end of the school year as part of the district’s transformation plan.

But after an outcry from parents, teachers and others in the community, the school might be reborn.

On Saturday the final graduating class of Cleveland’s East High School received their diplomas.

“It was a school that everybody grew up around and it’s close and everybody like it,” said former student Angela Hill.

“I was sad, and then I got an 11th grader, so him and his friends wanted to graduate from there,” said former student Rashon Hamilton.

Cleveland school’s CEO Dr. Eugene Sanders ordered East High and 17 other schools to close due to poor performance. Students are being divided up into other nearby high schools.

“Everybody splitting up my senior year class, I wanna be with the same class next year, everybody splitting all up, so yes, it’s kinda sad a little bit,” said former student Timothy Shivers, who will attend Glenville for his senior year.

About a week after alumni gathered to celebrate the school’s 110 year history, there’s now word that East could re-open in the fall of 2011.

District spokesman John Hairston tells Fox 8 that East High’s 33 percent graduation rate was unacceptable, and whatever educational program goes into this building, the goal is to have 90-percent of students receive a diploma.

School officials say a panel consisting of educators and community leaders has been put together to discuss what type of program would go into East High. They say it could become a magnet school that draws in students from across the city.

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