John Marshall High School

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1950
Year Abandoned: 2007
Status: Demolished
Photographer: AbandonedOK TeamMichael Schwarz


John Marshall opened in early 1950 to serve the need for a high school in the ever-growing suburbs in far north Oklahoma City. In comparison to other high schools built by the OKCPS at this time it was considered the best. It features 2 gyms, tennis courts, football fields, and an auditorium. It thrived well into the 1970’s until the surrounding area began to declined. Once a feeder for students from Nichols Hills, Quail Creek, Val Verde, and the Greens, it saw its enrollment fade as these students began flocking to the private schools that dot the north side of the city. Crime began to rise in the 80’s and Marshall gained a horiblle reputation for gang activity and violence. As part of Maps For Kids, a campaign began by the citizens to improve the area schools, John Marshall was tapped for re-location to portland and Lake Hefner Parkway. The citizens of Quail Creek, The Greens, The Meadows and Arbors, and Val Verde fought desperately to not have this bad reputaion right on their front doorstep. But to no avail. They lost the fight and the new John Marshall opened in 2005. Splitting students between the new location and the old for a year, they finally closed the original John Marshall in 2006. The OKCPS attempted to open the school as “Centennial High School” as an alternative school for the closed Gateway Avademy, but this did not pan out. After a semester those students were transfered to the new school. The rambling old high school shows its age with weeds coming through the tennis courts, boarded windows, and a sign barely visible charting the achievements of its better days.

Thanks to Amado Rodriguez of Oklahoma City Public Schools for the tour.

A few update pictures of 2011-2012 Go to https://www.abandonedar.com/john-marshall-high-school/ to see even MORE!

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CDC
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CDC

great photos abandoned! how do you do it? amazing!

AbandonedOK Team
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I must say, for this months feature, I have to give the credit to the Oklahoma City Public Schools for help researching and helping with these posts… But as for John Marshall, it really was an amazing, and HUGE (200K sq/ft) school. The strangest part was that the lights were actually on still… made it almost like the bell could have rang at any second and the halls would have been filled with kids…it was a great experience.

Fiend
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Fiend

Yeah, thats actually a little creepy, the lights are on but no ones home… Almost like 28 days later or something, you think everyone is gone, then surprise! Zombie kids come outta no where lol. Some very good pictures though.

Leah Catherine Schmidt
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This looks amazing! I can't believe they haven't sold a lot of that stuff…I'm a teacher and would LOVE to have some of those funky old-ish things in my classroom! And the instruments?!

scout80
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scout80

Makes me wish someone would do something with those textbooks and musical instruments. Surely abandoned objects like that could put a spark of fun or knowledge in a child's eye somewhere…

AbandonedOK Team
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Agreed Scout80! Even though some of the band equipment is damaged a kindergarten class or early elementary students would love to bang on some of those drums or marimbas…

CDC
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CDC

It is really sad that they spend money on all of that stuff and it is all wasted. Page Woodson for example is still full of useable stuff.

Cassandra
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Cassandra

Wow, this was my old high school (class of 2002). As horrible of a reputation as it had, some of my life's best memories took place here. I never joined a gang, I never did drugs, I didn't turn into a teen mom, I turned out ok. Many many children turned out ok even after attending this school. So yes, it had it's downsides, but I really loved it. Thank you so much for capturing all the little details about the old John Marshall. This meant a lot to me. Thank you, Cassandra Meyers Class of 2002

AbandonedOK Team
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That's great Casandra! I grew up in Edmond, and never really heard any of the bad stories about Marshall. I think the negativity arose when they started talking about building a new one. It looked like a great school to go to! I wish my school in Edmond had some of the cool things Marshall had!

Johnny
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Johnny

Can anyone tell me about the New John Marshall High School? What kind of high school is it (is it a charter school, alternative school, or just a regular high school)

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

CDC
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CDC

It is just a normal High School. It has really striking architecture and was even on the Court-tv channel on a show called "The Principal's Office".

CDC
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CDC

Thanks for the stories Cassandra! I think that the schools reputation over shadowed the fact that there were mostly normal people there.

Kati Smith
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Kati Smith

Wow, I live in OKC and have NEVER seen this place. I've heard of JMHC, but didn't know there was an old and new. Course, being in such a bad area, I'm afraid to try and check it out.

Mark Howard
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Mark Howard

Great pictures. I graduated from John Marshall in 1972 and the place looks a bit
different than it did then.
Thanks for the memories.

R. Grant
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R. Grant

J.M. Bear 4 Life Class of 1990

Ricky Grant
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Ricky Grant

Don't know what you had till it's gone. Very mixed feelings about this.

Sara Chance Smith
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Sara Chance Smith

Great pictures, Thanks for sharing the memories. I'm really surprised that the trophies and keepable stuff has not been taken to the new JMHS. They have a giant showcase with all the old school stuff they can get ahold of and they are still asking for more. I wonder if they know this stuff is still there. Class of 76 took a tour of the old school back in 2006 at our 30 yr reunion. We couldn't get into some of the areas you did but what we could find was turned in. Thanks again for the memories

Danetta Myers Tull
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Danetta Myers Tull

So sad to see. I was in the last class (1970)to attend JM for the entire 6 years. It was a wonderful school then and we were rated #1 in MANY different areas. It was a class act! Nobody likes change and it's heartbreaking to see JM moved but, it was time. So fun though looking at this and reliving memories in my mind. Those of us who went there for 6 years know EVERY nook and cranny in that school. Hate to see it go. 3 m2 g

Tonia
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Tonia

As a graduate of JM (c/o 99), this brings back SO many memories! As a teacher at the "new" John Marshall, I love the memories that I'm making there as well. Thank you for the walk down memory lane.

Monet
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Monet

I got a little emotional looking at those pictures!! I will say this that JMHS got a bad reputation because of the things that went on in the neighborhoods surrounding the school. 3 of my family members went to that school as well some before I graduated in 97 and some after and we all turned out okay. I don't agree with how the changes was made with the with the school relocation and the splitting of the districts because it felt like it was something was taken from the alum and well as the future students who wanted to… Read more »

Debi
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Debi

Great video, guys!!!

We do still plan on getting as much as possible out of the old building. Have to go through "channels" though. Thought we had it all, but things get put away and then moved 3 or 4 times.

Very sad how it looks… kind of like losing an old friend. We will miss our Alma Mater for sure, but at least we still have John Marshall's name on the new school!

Darren
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Darren

Be sure to join the JMHS Alumni Group on Facebook, there are some more pics of the school taken by an Alumni that you will want to see.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=6

Brian
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Brian

Very good video! I am JMHS class of 89. Did they take the bear from the trophy case to the new school? 20 years went so fast. GO BEARS!!

Rick Stewart
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Rick Stewart

Thanks for the memories – Sr '74

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Wow, it's amazing how much is changed, and yet how much is still the same! Class of '89…now THOSE were the days!

Wine me, dine me, '89 me!

Jennifer
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Jennifer

So sad…I was a member of the girls track team l976, the first year we won STATE and they had a long run, l4 years I believe which set a national record at the time. JM was THE place to be in early to mid 70's. I wish nothing but the best to the students and staff of new JM and always root for them!!

Dee
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Dee

Horrible reputation? Really? I graduated from JM in 1991 and there was no more gang violence there than anywhere else! Compared to Heritage Hall or Cassidy, uh, yeah…exaggerate much?

diane
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diane

Would like to have seen one of the wide staircases, the library, corner display case that used to have the bear, the Latin classroom with double doors upstairs.

And where was there an elevator???

Melissa
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Melissa

The elevator was right across from the stairway to the north of the double doored class I believe you're talking about…it was a Calc class in 1999.

Roberta Guidry McMah
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It is so sad looking. I graduated there in 1980. I loved that school. I met some good friends there and am still friends with some of them. I had teachers that cared about me. Which made me feel great. Ya where was the elevator I don't remember one,lol

Bob Barrow
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Bob Barrow

My parents went to JMHS, so did I as well as my sister, cousins etc. Had a lot of good times back in the 70's. Too Bad!

Melissa
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Melissa

I'm also class of 99 and must say JM's bad reputation was only among upper class people that enjoy wearing wool over their eyes. That being said I was never stabbed, raped, or held at gunpoint, am able to complete a sentence and have plenty of fond memories of high school. If anything the JM experience taught me to persevere and work harder to overcome adversity. However, it's sad that instead of taking care and improving upon the things that we did have and really fostering a life skill learning environment that too many years of poor leadership ran this… Read more »

Bubba JMHS 2000
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Bubba JMHS 2000

After viewing the video and all pictures, I am trying to see the difference of what it probably looked like on a weekend up there when it was open. I remember trash, grass and things grown over or written all over. I love my school, wouldn't trade it for anything. I am so glad my parent's didn't sell out and move North 4 miles to Edmond so I could be ignorant. I am so much stronger as a person living in that neighborhood and going to JMHS. It gives me motivation to always find something that needs a hand up,… Read more »

Lucy
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Lucy

You're so right, Bubba! We are stronger, better and more understanding people for not running to Edmond or the other outlying school districts. Not only that, I think those of us who stayed in the OKC school system in the 70s, graduated with a better understanding of how to get along with people. We were better prepared for the real world than our counterparts who ran to other districts to avoid reality.. just sayin'

Brave D
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Brave D

I lived in OKC in the late 90s and early 2000's and LOVED that city! Great people. Still, I've never seen a place with so many abandoned and under-utilized school facilities. Call it "old," call it "rambling," but to me JMHS still looks impressive, versatile, and functional despite some wear and tear. I agree that its abandonement is kinda' sad and wasteful.

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Deanna
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So very sad to see all the waste of a school that was so great. Nothing was taken care of, it looks like. How much pride we had in our school when I was there from 64-70. How come we did'nt get those old trophies moved to the new school? Very sad to see our great school so depleted and unused and in the state it is in.

Chris
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Chris

JMHS Calss of 1968

Bears Still Rule…………..Attend You Calass Reunions and Support the All Call Reunion This Summer

GO BEARS

Louanne Ward Trueblo
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Louanne Ward Trueblo

Tried to find the old journalism room (129). Was there from 1967 to 1979, and they were great years – – loved all my journalism "kids."

Paul Erwin
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Paul Erwin

Mrs. Ward, many of us graduates,will be at the school feb.2 to say our good byes and then ellen graham reserved the room at johnnies for dinner 5pm-7pm,you are invited.We will meet in front of the school at 1pm-7pm

don hudson
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don hudson

I saw the first Earth Day at Marshall-would have graduated in 72, but the family moved to Kansas where I watched my old marching band at the Rose Bowl. I was excited to see a letter from my daughter's high school music dept. stating the they would be traveling to JM high later this week-sorry to see that my old school is no more and thanks for the memories.

Jerry Boyd
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Jerry Boyd

I lived across the street from the school on 89th. Some of the best memories were from that great school.My mother went to the old John Marshall school which was upgraded to the new one in 1950's. The building may be going but the Memories will stay with us always.Good bye John Marshall!!

Abby Mahan
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Abby Mahan

I didn't grow up in a big city but feel bad that a big school like this is left to rot. The me it doesn't look like it is in such bad shape that it can't be saved. It is also nice to read the comments about how great the school was in it's time. I hope something good will come of the building.

fangdalei
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I come from china,your webstation is so interesting,thank you!

Johnny
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Johnny

this is johnny i was the last class to get out of john marshall that BIG 07 i Love that place…just sitting here thinking about the good time i had there in all the friends i meet there…..i play on the football team i was the QB…i love it…my number there is 4….But think you for that i will miss the marhall

Abby
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Abby

I really wish the school district would do something with this building.

Gary
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Gary

I had a lot of fun time back in the class of 1983

Oklahoma City's old John Marshall High sold for $3 million
BY MEGAN ROLLAND
The Oklahoma City School Board approved the sale of several vacant buildings Monday night, including the old John Marshall High School for $3 million.
Pastor Eddie Baker said his nonprofit . , plans to turn the building at 9017 N University into a school serving at-risk children ages 10 to 18.

Dana
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Dana

Really hard to believe that they just left all that stuff in there when the school was abandoned. Surely, there was residual value in the desks, chairs and band equipment?

Paula Moody Schmidt
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Paula Moody Schmidt

I was a 1971 grad and this really brought back some memories. GO Bears! Such a good place and a good time to be there thanks for the memories.

Terry
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Terry

Class of 82 – thanks for the memories – JMHS was a blast

Gary
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Gary

So far, they have not done anything, did this deal fall apart? Oklahoma City's old John Marshall High sold for $3 million The Oklahoma City School District accepted bids for three vacant buildings Monday in an effort to sell off the unused property and raise funds to supplement the budget. The Oklahoma City School Board approved the sale of several vacant buildings Monday night, including the old John Marshall High School for $3 million. said his nonprofit Golden Hills Ranch Inc., plans to turn the building at 9017 N University into a school serving at-risk children ages 10 to 18.… Read more »

Shelby
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Shelby

I went JMHS from (1998-2002) i think that part of the bad rap came from the news stations that where a few miles down the road so if anything happened bad they where close and could get a story/ but as for the bad rap it was a good school, I had lots of good Memories

Shelby Thomason Class of 2002 (The Bears)

Kimberly Gilleland
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Kimberly Gilleland

SHELBY!!! I've missed you! Class of 2002!!! The news stations always made stuff up. Remember when the bad smell came out of the auditorium and we were evacuated??? All of the news stations show up asking everyone how many were shot and killed and starting drama. We had a fire drill and they came by asking what gangs were involved and who was shot. Lots of great memories here and sad to see the school destroyed.

guest
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guest

i moved from del city and was a member of the class of '74
was only there one year, but have fond memories of the friends i made

Jason Dickinson
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Jason Dickinson

I never went to JMHS i grew up in shawnee but do have an apprication for the past and for these great old buildings It really reminds me of the Junior high school i attended in shawnee it was built around the same time as JM. I drove by there today and it is really sad that the okc school board lets these great old building rot. My boss was class of 1970 and he said that he had a lot of great times there. Hopefully something good will come of this great old school.

Dena Johnson
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Dena Johnson

I graduated from John Marshall in 1980. It was a really good school. I have a lot of fond memories from that school. I think they should make it back into a school. It is a shame that they closed it. I remember setting in the bleachers yelling "Go Bears Go". I remember the modern dance team dancing on the floor in the big gym. Some of the best times in my life were at John Marshall High School. Wasn't the Bears Den a great place to hang out. I think the elevator was in the hall across from the… Read more »

Rusty S.
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Rusty S.

Class of '82, who remembers Mr.Sparks and his scooter patrolling the Teacher's parking lot?

Paul
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Paul

I also remember Mr. Sparks, but as a great teacher. He and Mr. Woods were wonderful science teachers that were proud of their students, and expected you to work and learn. I was in the first class that went from 1951 – 1957. I have been so upset with the way some students treated the school after the 70's. I wonder what happened to the organ our senior class bought as a project.

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jkdet67
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jkdet67

I remember that crazy dude. Didnt he have a wife that was a teacher at Hoover. Class of 1985.

Pam B. Class of 84
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Pam B. Class of 84

I do I do!!! WOW now that brings back lots of fond memories!!

Lois
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Lois

Very fond memories. The best thing about my time there? The mix of ethnicities. We all got along. The FFA was awesome. It was a great school.

Bill Martin
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Bill Martin

I attended JM from 1954 to 1960, when I graduated … wonderful people, wonderful school, lasting memories. We had excellent, involved leadership from school administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and students. We had a mix of students from different economic backgrounds but it had no bearing, one way or the other, as to whether you could have friends. Most friendships I remember were more value based; if you shared the same values, you were more likely to be friends. People who were my friends then are my friends now and, though I don't see them as often, I think of them… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

I went to Hoover and Eisenhower, my parents took me out of the district in the middle of my 7th grade year before i could attend JM. We had heard of rapes happening on school grounds and they were affraid for me. Wish i had as good of memories as everyone else but they were actually some of the worst i have. I was always afraid once i went to Eisenhower.

Haileyson
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Haileyson

Trust me bro , Putnam city is much worse . That said west is best !

Hailey
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Hailey

nah, west is not best, original is best

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