Russian invaders destroyed another monument of history and culture. Kherson multi-disciplinary gymnasium No. 20 named after Boris Lavrenov was shelled for the fourth time. After the last arrival and the fire, the building is unsuitable for further operation.
The oldest educational institution in the south of Ukraine was first affected on January 15, 2023. Then the fragments of the projectile damaged the windows and facade of the building. In a few days, the gymnasium was shelled again.
The projectile hit the roof above the National Museum. The roof and floor beams were destroyed, and the museum was destroyed. It flew for the third time on January 24 – it blew through the roof of the classroom. One of the shells hit the courtyard, causing the windows to fly out.
During the last shelling, on May 11, 2023, the historic building caught fire. The fire was extinguished for five days. The consequences of destruction are catastrophic.
"The building's rafter system, roof, interior floor covering, interior decoration, windows, doors, communications (heating systems, water supply, electricity supply, Internet equipment), furniture, computer equipment, educational equipment for classrooms and school documentation were destroyed. The facade of the building, the asphalt covering of the courtyard, the fence and the fence were damaged. Due to significant destruction, the building became unfit for further operation," Oksana Tsekhovles, director of Svii Dim, told the journalist.
The modern Kherson multidisciplinary gymnasium No. 20 is an educational institution with in-depth study of mathematics, biology, chemistry, and the Ukrainian language.
"From the day of its establishment until today, the institution has been and remains the alma mater for numerous generations of students," says the director. - The high level of teaching, the use of modern pedagogical technologies allows students to receive a high-quality education, which is confirmed by the results of external examinations, the admission of 95% of graduates to higher educational institutions, mainly in the budgetary form of education.
Today, the institution, which has more than 200 years of history, was destroyed by the Russian military.
"Looking through postcards and photos, we often regretted that very few old buildings were preserved in Kherson. The complex of the former first male gymnasium pleased the eyes and soul of local historians. Looking at the ancient building, authentic gratings, a fragment of cobblestones, bumpers (or horseshoes) near the gate, we immersed ourselves in the atmosphere of the XNUMXth century, remembered the history of the gymnasium and its graduates", - this is how the destruction of the historical building was commented in the Kherson regional museum of local history.
"Chestnuts and classes with a historical past". Graduates remember their native gymnasium with warmth and love. "I studied there for 10 years. From there - my first best friends, best teachers. I am interested in the answer from the Russians to the question: "For what?" Is it normal to destroy schools, kindergartens, hospitals, residential buildings, and churches already for the second year?" - Zinaida Komarova.
Kherson. Gymnasium number 20. My last two years in higher school. The first place where I felt the happiness of having friends. Great teachers. A girl's first love. Chestnuts near the school. Warlord Vilen Ivanovich, who taught me how to shoot. A literature teacher who inspired me to be a writer and believed in my talent. A shuttered gate from the last century at the entrance to the school. Classrooms with their historical past and old corridors, where the floor somehow creaked before the revolution," Ksenia Lifer recalls.