John Marshall High School

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1950
Year Abandoned: 2007
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler MooreMichael 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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Suzanne
Suzanne
10 years ago

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!

Rick Stewart
Rick Stewart
10 years ago

Thanks for the memories – Sr '74

Brian
Brian
10 years ago

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!!

Darren
Darren
10 years ago

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

Debi
Debi
10 years ago

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!

Monet
Monet
10 years ago

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 »

Tonia
Tonia
10 years ago

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.

Danetta Myers Tull
Danetta Myers Tull
10 years ago

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

Sara Chance Smith
Sara Chance Smith
10 years ago

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

Ricky Grant
Ricky Grant
10 years ago

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

R. Grant
R. Grant
10 years ago

J.M. Bear 4 Life Class of 1990

Mark Howard
Mark Howard
10 years ago

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

Kati Smith
Kati Smith
10 years ago

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.

CDC
CDC
11 years ago

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

Johnny
Johnny
11 years ago

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
CDC
Reply to  Johnny
11 years ago

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".

Cassandra
Cassandra
11 years ago

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
Reply to  Cassandra
10 years ago

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!

CDC
CDC
11 years ago

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.

scout80
scout80
11 years ago

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
Reply to  scout80
10 years ago

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…

AbandonedOK Team
11 years ago

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
Fiend
Reply to  AbandonedOK Team
11 years ago

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
Reply to  AbandonedOK Team
8 years ago

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?!

CDC
CDC
11 years ago

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

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