“Beside Lake Erie’s water
blue stands dear old Harbor High.”
over 90 years the stately McKinley Building, as it was known, stood as
home to the Harbor High School Mariners at the corner of Walnut
Boulevard and Lake Avenue. Hundreds of dedicated professionals
served in her offices and classrooms as teachers, administrators,
support staff, coaches, and counselors. Over 9000 students
walked her halls during her lifetime. In that building, we all gained experiences that
would last a lifetime ― knowledge was passed on, skills were learned,
traditions honored, friendships formed, and memories made.
the fall of 2001, the building became home to the ninth grade of the
new, consolidated Lakeside High, and in 2006 the new Lakeside High
School building opened on Sanborn Road ― and the doors of Harbor High's McKinley Building closed forever. In May of 2009, those hallowed
halls were taken down and what had once been Harbor High School was no more.
“Her fame will never die.”
Chuck Altonen (’55) and a
number of others have formed the Mariner Memorial Park Association.
This group is spearheading a grass roots movement to build a park on the
land on which Harbor High School stood proudly for nearly 100 years.
Mariner Memorial Park will commemorate the history of HHS and the
thousands of graduates who graced her classrooms.
The park will be both an
asset to the community and a beautiful tribute to Harbor High School and
all who attended her.
The purpose of this website
is to aid in the fundraising that is necessary to bring this vision to
reality, and to chronicle the journey from razed land to Mariner
need your support!
Click here to learn how you can help....