Hayward’s former grade school, recently known as The Center and The Fuller Building across from Hayward Intermediate School on West Fifth Street, is being demolished.
The brick structure, including the one-story addition and the original 3-story structure, is being razed by J-R Excavating of Hayward. The property is owned by St. Joseph Catholic Parish and will become a parking lot.
Late Wednesday afternoon, March 29, the brick smokestack atop the 3-story building was pulled down by two wrecker operators towing cables attached to the stack. The smokestack toppled with a roar onto the parking lot pavement, followed by a big cloud of dust.
The building was used as Hayward's grade school from approximately 1923 to 1980.