Part of James Dean’s Indiana high school collapses

July 3, 2013 • Entertainment

The roof of the long closed Fairmount High School in Fairmount, Ind., is partially collalpsed Wednesday July 3, 2013. It was the school where James Dean was first expossed to acting. (AP Photo/James Dean Gallery, David Loehr)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A portion of the Indiana high school where James Dean was first exposed to acting collapsed early Wednesday, dimming hopes of saving the long-shuttered brick schoolhouse in the actor’s hometown.

Dean grew up on his aunt and uncle’s farm near Fairmount, about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, and performed in high school plays that fueled his interest in acting. Dean fans and local officials had tried over the years to shore up the weathered, three-story red brick and limestone schoolhouse, which closed in 1986, and installed a rubber covering on Login to read more

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