Originally built in 1911 the school started out as an Elementary School, however during construction it was already evident that the school would not be enough classrooms to house all of the potential students, so two additional wings were built at either end of the school. From 1913-1924 even more additions were built, including extra classrooms, a swimming pool and a gymnasium.
In 1960 the school switched gears and transformed into a middle school. The last addition to the school building was a combination cafeteria / auditorium, built onto the western wing. As the city population started to decrease due to the economy, the school in turn experienced a decline in enrollment that it would never recover from. Eventually closing in the late 1990’s.
Upon exploring the school it was surprising to me, just how much was left behind. We stumbled across a science classroom with a closet of chemicals still on the shelves, pouring out of the bottles, microscopes on a desk, cabinets still full of textbooks, desks/chairs, football helmets strewn about and lockers pulled off the wall.
It had been raining on and off through our visit, so there was evident rain damage everywhere. With the exception of hanging metal, swinging when the wind would blow through the broken out window frames, it was peacefully quiet walking down the halls of this once bustling school.