COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A baseball Hall of Famer is fighting to keep the doors open at the high school he attended in Colorado Springs.

Legendary relief pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Wasson High School in 1970. On Tuesday he spoke at a rally aimed at convincing the school district not to shut the school down at the end of the school year.

Administrators are considering a plan to move students who attend Wasson to other high schools as a way to save money.

Gossage said he’s visited the school several times recently and had many enlightening conversations with current students who want the school to stay open. One student told him that “if it weren’t for Wasson, I’d probably be in jail.”

“These kids are our future, and a lot of these kids were born with two strikes against them,” Gossage said.

A final decision could be made in the next few weeks. The district is also considering closing two elementary schools.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gossage And Other Famous Coloradans


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