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Faxon School

Faxon School

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Built: 1910 | Abandoned: 1995
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Jennifer BurtonLeslie Flaming

On March 14, 1911, the Faxon School House burned to the ground when a fire started from an unknown cause. A new school was constructed of modern stature including a basement to protect from the Midwestern spring storms. Faxon students had quite a hand in basketball and baseball with both boys’ and girls’ teams. The eight-month accredited school held classes Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Former student Monica Peters remembered starting the first grade here before the first story addition was added on, mentioning the second had already been condemned. Faxon lost its high school in 1957 after a new state law passed requiring high schools to have a minimum of forty students in order to be eligible for state funding. Faxon’s high schoolers were transferred to Chatanooga, Lawton, or Geronimo schools. The grade school with students through the eighth grade would continue attending Faxon after an overwhelming vote to keep the grade school that year.

In 1995 Faxon Grade School closed forever after years of steady but low attendance. Patrons had voted in April to annex its 64 students with Chattanooga Public Schools, where Faxon’s high schoolers already went. The apparent culprit to the closure was HB 1017 and its requirements. It was also noted that the school had some reoccurring financial worries but District No. 128 was always able to balance the budget until recently. The last graduation for its eighth-grade students was held on May 15. “When they practiced their graduation speeches, I broke into tears,” said Superintendent Lanetta Martin, who also served as principal and a teacher at the school. The bell that was rung almost daily since 1910 was removed and now sits at the Faxon post office. All of Faxon’s trophies, photos, school buildings and other memorabilia were given to Chattanooga schools. The buildings have sat for decades unused and being reclaimed by the surrounding nature.




Bibliography

“11 May 1947, Page 1 – The Lawton Constitution at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/20807083/?terms=faxon%20high%20school&match=1.

“15 Mar 1911, 1 – The Lawton Daily News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/582259834/?terms=%22faxon%20school%22&match=1.

“16 Apr 1957, Page 4 – The Lawton Constitution at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/31185669/?terms=faxon%20high%20school&match=1.

“1995 Faxon Class Last For 93-Year-Old School.” Oklahoman.com, 22 May 1995, www.oklahoman.com/article/2503319/1995-faxon-class-last-for-93-year-old-school.

“25 Mar 1915, 5 – The Faxon Signal at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/592774953/?terms=faxon%20school&match=1.

“29 Jul 1915, 8 – The Faxon Signal at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/592776899/?terms=faxon%20school&match=1.

“8 Aug 1907, 1 – The Faxon Leader at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/581550562/?terms=new%20faxon%20school&match=1.

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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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