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Location DB > United States > Virginia > Portsmouth > Cradock High School
Cradock High School
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created by abandonr. on 2/20/2015 2:21 AM
last modified by abandonr. on 2/20/2015 3:29 AM
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Large high school in Portsmouth, VA.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
4206 George Washington Highway
Portsmouth, Virginia
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    The auditorium and the top floor classrooms.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1954
    Closed: 1992
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    Nothing to see here anymore, but here's a little back story for posterity...

    During WWI, Sir Christopher Cradock, a rear-admiral of the British Royal Navy, was ordered to seek and destroy the fleet of German Admiral Maximilian von Spee, a much stronger force than his own. On November 1, 1914, Cradock found von Spee off the coast of Chile and engaged. In what became known as the Battle of Coronel, all of Cradock’s men were killed, and he went down with his ship.

    Stateside, a neighborhood in Portsmouth, Va. - home of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard - was named after Cradock shortly after his death. And in 1920, a high school bearing his name opened there. It was the home of the Admirals.

    The final structure at the Cradock High School site was built in 1954. Known as “The Dock,” it graduated some 8,000 students before it was closed in 1992 when the city of Portsmouth decided to consolidate high schools.

    After that, the school sat abandoned while the city tried to figure out what to do with it. A small part of the property was used as a recreational center.

    After more than two decades of decay, Cradock High was torn down in June 2014 to make way for a housing development.
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    Demolished. A housing development is currently being built there.

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    Von Spee wins again.
    Sat, Mar 15th, 2014
    posted by abandonr.
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    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Astro on 2/20/2015 7:25 AM.

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  • on Feb 20 15 at 7:25, Astro validated this location
  • on Feb 20 15 at 3:31, abandonr. updated gallery Von Spee wins again.
  • on Feb 20 15 at 3:29, abandonr. made this location available
  • on Feb 20 15 at 3:29, abandonr. changed the following: Display Name
  • on Feb 20 15 at 3:25, abandonr. updated gallery picture Poltergeist.
  • on Feb 20 15 at 3:24, abandonr. updated gallery picture Squared.
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  • on Feb 20 15 at 3:24, abandonr. updated gallery picture Certificate of Achievement.
  • on Feb 20 15 at 3:23, abandonr. updated gallery picture Up and Down.
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