Jefferson Davis School

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1932
Year Abandoned: 1987
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

Jefforson Davis School was opened for enrollment in August of 1931. It had a long and succesful run serving the south part of the city immediately south of Capitol Hill. Notably it had several oil wells on the property and one that hit a gusher causing it to splatter the school with oklahoma gold. It closed in the early 1980’s, because of lack of enrollment and district re-structuring. Davis is now serving as storage for beautiful auditorium seating, bus seats and bus driver equipment.


UPDATE

Startling Discovery Made at Abandoned OKC School

Posted: Jul 16, 2010 12:45 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2010 5:58 PM
By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY — Police said bones that were found at an abandoned school don’t appear to be human, and the Medical Examiner’s office has taken custody of them.

Construction workers working at Davis Elementary School said they found the bones inside the abandoned school building.

According to an Oklahoma Public Schools spokesperson, the discovery was made at about 10 a.m. Friday.

The school district said the workers have been in the building trying to rid the former school building of asbestos. The school has been closed since 1987 and is set to be demolished.

Tierney Cook, Media Relations Manager for OKCPS, issued the following statement today:

“OKCPS Administrators were notified this morning of tennis shoes and bones found in a crawl space at the closed Davis Elementary building, 324 S.E. 52nd Street. The construction crew working on the asbestos abatement prior to the demolition scheduled for the old Davis Elementary building contacted the Oklahoma City Police Department.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Betsy Vicknair
Betsy Vicknair
7 years ago

My mom went to school there as a young girl and so did my uncles and my brothers and I went there too. I remember Ms. Mabry and Ms. Foster and then Ms. Byford who married and became Mrs. Ballard she taught first grade and Jerry Wallace was the principle then there was a lady I can't think of her name who became principle . Mrs., Brown was the school secretary. My mom was PTA president for many years and helped in the cafeteria. I lived on SE 52 what wonderful memories.

Denise
Denise
7 years ago

Wonderful site and I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments. Terrible that it is gone…had planned on driving by next trip to the city…don't think I want to now. Wonderful memories in Kindergarten with Mrs. Foster…playing Post Office and House! Remember several of the kids in class with me. Also, Mrs. Mabry in 1st Grade…told my Mom that I would be reading from the newspaper by the end of the school year, and I was. My Mom told this story over and over 🙂 We moved away after 1st grade but I will never forget my first 2 years of school… Read more »

Barbara Rowlan Wong
Barbara Rowlan Wong
7 years ago

I had photos of the school being demolished. Unfortunately, they were on an old computer than has died. I went to school fromm K to 6th grade and completed my grade school years in 1949. The school was truly beautiful and IMO should have been designated a historical building and never razed! I have many sweet memories of the 7 years I attended.

Britt
Britt
8 years ago

My mom taught here sometime around 1964-1965. My dad was completing his masters through OCU and she was only here a short time. Her name was Mrs. Reaves. Does anyone remember her?

Pat VanCuren
Pat VanCuren
8 years ago

My name is Pat. My twin brother Bill and I went to Jefferson Davis School from kindergarten through sixth grade, 1948 to 1955. I lived on 53rd, right across the street, next to the oil well. The little grocery on Byers was owened by my Aunt and Uncle, George and Margaret Turner. My dad, Odie Bradley, was the butcher at the store and used to make hot dogs and chili for the kids who came across the street to eat lunch. In February of this year my Mom, Rosa Bradley, died and we were back to the city for the… Read more »

Vern Twyman
Vern Twyman
Reply to  Pat VanCuren
6 years ago

I remember the Turners and Odie Bradley also a son Dale…. AS I recall Odie was very ill at one time with "Tick Fever" I ran the streets in the neighborhood with Dale Bradley and Tony Darrow…I attended Jefferson Davis from Kindergarten through 6th grade then graduated to go to Capitol Hill Jr…. Prior to graduation from Capitol Hill Jr. I moved to California to live with my Father, Step Mother and half sisters…Where I joined the USAF and stayed for 20 years + Vernon Ray Twyman

Jequetia
Jequetia
8 years ago

Went to school there Mrs Caffin was the principal,Mes Foster the Kindergarten teacher, Mrs Mayberry,Mrs Greer,Mrs Burns Mrs Hamilton . The smell of the food from the Cafeteria is still a memory,best hot rolls and cinnamon rolls, playing tether ball, playing on the teeter totters, climbing the jungle gym, oh what great childhood memories> I lived on 55th and walked to school on those nice spring days. I can close my eyes and see my classmates and smiles of the teachers and the fear of the pricnipal with her long red fingernails. I can still see the faces of the… Read more »

Usha
Usha
9 years ago

I drove by the school recently as I did once in a while to reminisce. I had been thinking about it a lot in the few days prior & how I would like to bring it back to life so other children could make happy childhood memories there. I drove around athe block a few times looking for it before I realized I was too late. I even stopped & inquired with neighbors sitting on the proch across the street hoping I was on the wrong street.They confirmed what I hoped wasn't true. I asked if they knew my friend… Read more »

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  Usha
5 years ago

Sadly it has been demolished. As of 3/1/15

Usha
Usha
9 years ago

I went to Davis from 78-82. I have so many fond memories. I remember Shelly, Pauline,Phillip,Tony,& Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Galbreath & Mr Shepphard. I remember plays and festivals in the auditorium, open houses in the classrooms, Landrush reinactment on the playground & lunchroom. I remember the playground, the honeysuckle plant thru the fence between the playground and the house on the other side. The little shop across the st where I used to buy gum for a penny.Fieldtrips,my dad picking me up from school & attending funtions. He's 78 now. I remember my classrooms, the lunchroom, the principal's office, the… Read more »

Eddy
Eddy
9 years ago

I went there from 1960 to 1966. I grew up and lived one block from the school. Right across the street on byers, was Turner Grocery store. Great memories , thank you for sharing the photo's.

Britt
Britt
Reply to  Eddy
8 years ago

Do you remember a Mrs. Reaves?

Ranney Jackson
Ranney Jackson
9 years ago

I remember a few friends i went to school with till this day…Todd…Cindy…Michael…Jermaine…Kerasy…Yurdita..wow it was so long ago

Ranney Jackson
Ranney Jackson
9 years ago

I went to Davis Elementary 82- 85….i miss it…such a shame

Johnq
Johnq
9 years ago

Went to school at Jefferson Davis from 85 to 87 up to the closing was such a bummer we all ended up being transfered to Parmalee Elemetary

Shirley
Shirley
10 years ago

Went to school here from 68-73, enjoyed the memories. Still live in the area, hated to see it go!! Hope something good comes out of it though. Thanks, Shirley:)

Ken
Ken
10 years ago

Great job capturing some of Oklahoma City/Capitol Hill history!

mintsx3
mintsx3
10 years ago

Drove by the site today. Only one corner of the entire building is left. I'm sure it'll be gone very soon. Bummer for my girlfriend and I. :/

Steve
Steve
10 years ago

The OKC school district needs to sell some of thist stuff instead of letting it decay. They will never use this school again and it will all be torn down and destroyed.

Frances Boyd
Frances Boyd
10 years ago

Went to school there from 1934 to December 1939 when we
moved to Arkansas. Would like to have some pictures of it
before it was abandonded.

Fred Lykins
Fred Lykins
Reply to  Frances Boyd
7 years ago

My friend thinks he attended school there in 1936 and 1937 and has recollection of a school explosion of the gas heater that buried him and his class in his class room, and was there several hours prior to rescue. Does anyone else have a recollection of this?

Jeff
Jeff
10 years ago

So cool to see the school I went to in elementary. I actually drank from that water fountain! I remember it closing. Looks pretty vandalized on the inside. Would love to revisit the inside and reminisce. Nice pictures.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Jeff
10 years ago

i went to school there in the mid 60s to 71 it was bitter sweet to see it this way. but its better than not seeing it at all…thanks

Susan
Susan
10 years ago

I loved the ornate metalwork under the water fountain!

Fiend
Fiend
11 years ago

I love all that art deco at the main entrance

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Fiend
11 years ago

Yeah, this had some great art deco features. The best though was the gate at the front door…

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