Some say they are sad to see it go, while others are happy and say it's time.
Students, faculty, and staff at St. Andrew's Priory School prepare to say goodbye to an "old friend" on campus.
"I could see it out of my window every day," business manager Carl Crosier said.
"It's been here since I've remembered," sophomore Ginger Kropik said,
St. Andrew's Priory is getting ready to turn over a new leaf, as preparations continue to take down a massive tree, which has stood on campus for at least 100 years.
"It's always been an icon of the school. Virtually every picture ever taken of the school has the two trees and now we are saying goodbye to one of them and it's really sad," band director Gordon Tokishi said.
The crown of the 25,000-pound monkeypod tree has already been cut, but the bulk of it will be removed by arborists Saturday morning.
"We've actually been testing it for some time because we have been worried about safety issues here and the last time it was tested, it was hollow inside," Crosier said.
"It doesn't look so good and the smell is pretty bad of the monkeypod seeds, and I know it gets stuck to everyone's shoes," eighth grade student Natalia Gosiaco said.
But some say they will always remember this "old friend."
"I think that we are happy to see it go, but also sad because it represents the Priory," Kropik said.
"There are memories that were made near that tree and underneath that tree," Gosiaco said.
Originally founded in 1867, some of the buildings on campus were built in the early 1900s.
"It would be nice to see when you cut it, count the rings to tell how old it is, because then we can get more of an estimate and we can see how long it really was here," eighth grade student Joy Young said.
"It's going to be a huge change to not have that here," Crosier said.
"Saying goodbye to an old friend," Tokishi said.
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