Roof collapses at James Dean's Indiana high school

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FAIRMOUNT, Ind. (AP) - A large portion of the Indiana high school where James Dean was first exposed to acting has caved in, dealing what's likely a fatal blow to efforts to preserve the building.

Fairmount Police Chief Roger Reneau says the building's roof collapsed Thursday. A smaller section caved in July 3.

The school closed in 1986. Dean fans and local officials have tried over the years to save the three-story red brick-and-limestone building.

Reneau tells The Indianapolis Star that the building's owner is now talking about demolishing the rest of the structure.

Dean graduated from Fairmount High in 1949 before leaving to pursue his acting career. He appeared in "Rebel Without a Cause," ''Giant" and "East of Eden" before dying in a California car crash in 1955.

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