Jefferson Davis School

City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1932
Year Abandoned: 1980"s
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.


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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I went to Davis from 1965 to 1972. I have some fond memories from there. I remember Mrs. Foster the kindergarten teacher. And the playhouse in the kindergarten room. Also the tiny toilets in the room behind the kindergarten room. I loved the smell from the cafeteria. It would make me so hungry. Couldn't wait for lunch. Remember playing dodge ball, kick ball, tethered ball, hopscotch, softball, chop sticks, etc.. My mother was heavily involved in P.T.A. .And my sister Sheila Ray went to school there as well. I remember Mr. Lawson my 6th. grade teacher. He made us square… Read more »

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