December 29, 2003: Superior’s Save Central Committee gives up the fight

On this day across the bay in 2003, the Save Central Committee—created to stop the demolition of historic Superior Central High School—sent a letter to Superior’s All Class Reunion Committee informing them that the organization was “ending its quest to save the school.” The school famously acted as the “Summer White House” for Calvin Coolidge in 1928 as he vacationed along Wisconsin’s Brule River, spending most of his time fly fishing. John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover visited the school, and Minnesota Vikings legendary head coach Bud Grant is a graduate. Another former Central student recruited Grant for the Vikings: Ole Haugsrud, one-time owner of the Duluth Eskimos who became a part-owner of the Vikings when they were formed in 1961. How influential was Haugsrud? Not only did he convince his team to hire Grant, son of a childhood friend, but the team was named the Vikings and the colors purple, white, and gold were chosen as the teams colors: just the same as the Superior Central High School Vikings wore until the school became a junior high, after which they wore green and gold, the same as the Green Bay Packers. The Superior School District razed the building in January 2004. Demolition costs were estimated at $800,000. Learn more about Superior’s Central High School here.

Superior Central High School, ca. 1920. (Image: Zenith City Press)

Subscribe to This Day in Duluth!

You cannot copy content of this page