a more suburban area. the old school was left to deteriorate. during the vietnam war the former northeast high school had the distinction of having the most casualties amongst its alumni. by the 1990s it was infested with rats and falling apart. fewer than 50% of the teachers could do math themselves and outbursts of violence were common place. name the worst school in philadelphia, it was taken over by a private contractor which was to provide education. in 2002 it was left to vandalism and decay. after the school had been abandoned for nearly a decade a four-alarm blaze broke out in august of 2007 causing heavy -- 2011 causing heavy damage to the upper floors. much of the roof was destroyed. a large portion of the building was unaffected. aside from several sections where the floor needed repairs, it appeared to be structurally sound. in 2013 the building was torn down. the distinctive gargoyles on the turrets were saved and the art deco rear of the building is slated to be restored to use. visiting northeast high school during its demolition was a heart-wrenching experience.