Closing 2 of last 'sober' MN high schools

10:23 AM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- It's a student's rite of passage, closing the school year dunking the principal at an all day festival. But the ending being marked Friday at Keller Park in Maplewood had more finality to it than a school calendar.

It marked the ending of two sober high schools, Arona High in Coon Rapids and Alliance High in Burnsville.

The schools were unable to stay financially stable after the main private donor they have had for more than 22 years wasn't able to give anymore.

For its seventy plus students, it was quite a shock.

"It's just, it's sad it had to happen that way," Jack, a student at Arona said.

Jack says next year he will likely move on to the last sober school in the area, that's where teachers students will turn next, as opposed to a traditional school.

"My biggest wish is that they take forward what we taught them, take forward the positivity and take forward the dream that they still can go to college," teacher Ashley Gruhlke said.

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