Forget all that periodic consolidation talk out in East Allen. If you want to see a real fight over it, look 85 miles to the south.
That's where the local school board is pondering consolidating the two remaining high schools, Anderson and Highland, to apparently lively opposition. As someone who worked in A-town for 10 years, I can only say, "Well, duh."
You haven't seen lively opposition until you've seen Anderson and Highland go at it on the basketball floor. It's been a good 25 years, but the enmity between the two comes back to me full force even now; I can remember like it was yesterday the night a Highland fan sitting right behind me spent the entire game screaming choice epithets -- "Sit down, you bushy-headed (bleep)!" -- at curly-haired Anderson coach Norm Held.
In those days, there were three high schools -- Madison Heights, Anderson and Highland -- and the rivalry among them was as fierce as anything I've ever seen. Madison Heights closed more than a decade ago, over the bitter objections of alums who saw the dastardly hand of AHS' partisans behind it. Now the city, its school enrollment dwindling, could be down to one high school.
Something vital will go away if that happens, from a factory town whose vitality has disappeared fast enough as it is over the last three decades. And that's a damn shame.