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Hundreds gather to say "goodbye" to Falling Water Elementary

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Ellen Gray walked the halls of Falling Water Elementary in the early 50's times were different back then. 

“If you got sent to the principal, oh boy! And doing bad things was talking in class, chewing gum,” said Gray. 

Gray says if the walls here could talk they would brag. 

“We were a great school; we were a great group of people. I think it taught us well,” said Gray.

Gray sat with hundreds in the school's cafeteria Saturday to see it one more time. 

It opened the same year the Titanic sank, 1912.  

“104 years is a very long time! This has been a great program, a great school. A great way to end this program,” said Dr. Kirk Kelly. 

Schools administrator Dr. Kirk Kelly says the end of one era opens the door to a new beginning.  

Ganns Elementary's will also close. Some students from both will be rezoned to the new Middle Valley.

“The age of the building, it was time to look at a new facility. And that's what is occurring with the new middle valley coming on board for next year,” said Kelly. 

Dr. Kelly hopes falling water's legacy will live on.

It became the only school in 2015 to earn the National Blue Ribbon Award.  

Kelly wants teachers, students, and parents to do it again in their new school, whichever one they attend.

“With that much enthusiasm, that's good. Anybody would welcome that, and that would help any school,” said Kelly.

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