Community Gathers to Remember Spirit Shack

A piece of school history was honored tonight at a vigil in Chantilly.

By Monique Hayes
|  Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 1:01 PM EDT
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Chantilly High Mourns the Loss of Its "Spirit Shed"

Chantilly HIgh School's Spirit Shed, painted in mourning of the Virginia Tech massacre.

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Chantilly High Mourns the Loss of Its "Spirit Shed"

Three decades of memories are gone and no one saw it coming.Now the community in and around Chantilly High School in Fairfax County is upset that the shed they considered a landmark has been torn down.
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Students and alumni of Chantilly High School gathered Friday night to honor a piece of school history destroyed without notice.

On Monday, crews demolished the Spirit Shack, also known as the Graffiti House and the Spirit Shed. For three decades, students painted on the shed that stood just outside school grounds. It was used to celebrate school victories and even highlighted times of grief like the Virginia Tech shootings.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said that AT&T owned the shed and decided to tear it down but never said when.

At least two Facebook pages have been created simply to reminisce.

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