Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and friends of Conway High School said farewell to the pods on Saturday at a "walk-through" at the school.

The innovative classroom construction was never really a hit with teachers or students, but as all students are "true to their school," a large crowd wanted to walk through one last time.

Memories abounded.

Stephanie Lamar, Class of 1995, and her mother, Jackie Lamar, Class of 1972, checked out their old foreign language classroom.

The pods opened in 1969 when Jackie was in the ninth grade. By the time she was at Conway High School West, the project was not complete.

"There was no gym, cafeteria, band room or agri classroom," Jackie said. "Most of us packed our lunch and got drinks out of soda and milk machines. Our class was the first to get locks on our lockers."

Her mother, now retired, taught in the pods.

Little Harley Massey, age 1, got a kick out of climbing in a door-less locker. She is the daughter of Jaime Pate, Class of 1994 and Eric Massey, Class of 2007.

John Reno said he got tears in his eyes, singing the Conway High School Alma Mater on the way to the open house. He explained to his son Jackson, that Class of 89 was "so fine."

The pods will be removed this summer, and a three-story, $40 million Conway High School will open in the fall.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)