John Marshall High School

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Year Built: 1950 | Year Abandoned: 2007
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK TeamMichael Schwarz

 

Most people when they think of the old John Marshall High School, they think of violence, gang activity and overall just a relatively bad part of town. However, back in the school’s booming days John Marshall was well known and the absolute best high school around Oklahoma City. Many awards were given to many talented and prideful students. Sporting teams were undefeated, or the best in their class. Many pleasant and treasured memories stir in the minds of the early graduates. Lurking in the empty halls kids are laughing, learning, and cherishing their future ahead of them.

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 horrible 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 reputation 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 Academy, but this did not pan out. After a semester those students were transferred 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.

Officials think a fire that damaged four classrooms in the old John Marshall High School building was intentionally set. Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a Saturday fire at the empty school, Fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said. The utilities to the building had been turned off. There was no damage estimate because the building is scheduled for demolition. Oklahoma City Public Schools is in the process of selling the old school, district spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy said Monday. The old John Marshall High School was built in 1945. The property includes the 240,000-square-foot facility and 20 acres of land. The school board agreed in August to sell the building to Premier Assets Inc. for $400,000. The building will be torn down, Kennedy said. The sale is on hold until the city council considers whether to rezone the property as residential, Kennedy said. The issue is expected to come before the council soon, she said. Two previous offers to buy the property and old school building haven’t worked out.

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fts apk
4 years ago

Good post.

Alexandra
Alexandra
4 years ago

Sadly, This school has been torn down and apartments are being built on the property. 🙁

Hailey
Hailey
5 years ago

This makes me sad because it's almost like the walking dead , because it seems like there should be zombies there

Hailey
Hailey
5 years ago

I know someone who goes to John Marshall she's a junior her names Shelby

Becca
Becca
5 years ago

hi my name is becca and I was wondering if any one could tell me where this abandon school was, if someone could give me the directions or location of the school please text me at 4055030971

Becca
Becca
5 years ago

hi my name is becca and im looking for the location of this abandon school, I'd anyone knows it please text me at 405-503-0971

Cvecare Beograd
5 years ago

Great day! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a excellent read. Thanks for sharing!

Paul Brown
Paul Brown
6 years ago

How long will it take to destroy the new school like the original JM??????????????????? Paul & Connie

Karla Davis
Karla Davis
6 years ago

Class of 1980! Loved this school. Attended from 1976 to 1980 and loved every minute of it. Made life long friends and relationships that still strive today! So sad that this school will be gone soon, but thank God great memories will last for ever. RIP JMHS, the heart of those walls will live on in the heart of the many students who were blessed to wonder.

guest
guest
7 years ago

I did not attend JMHS, but I did make some great friends at the track meets. I am a 1989 graduate of Booker T Washington (Tulsa) and I was really sad to see JM in that condition.

Cindy
Cindy
7 years ago

Just curious but who would a person contact to see about getting building donated for charity work?

suzi maystrom
suzi maystrom
7 years ago

where s the auction details.

シャネル 財布 定価
7 years ago
PAUL 7 CONNIE
PAUL 7 CONNIE
7 years ago

THIS SCHOOL SHOULD STILL BE IN THE SAME CONDITION AS IT WAS WHEN CONNIE CAMPBELL BROWN AND I, PAUL E BROWN WERE HERE AS THE CLASS OF 1957. WE SHED A TEAR EVERY TIME WE GO BY AND THINK OF HOW THIS WONDERFUL SCHOOL WAS RIPPED ABOUT BY STUDENTS. I GUESS THE NEW SCHOOL WE ALSO BE TORN APART IN A FEW MORE YEARS. PAUL & CONNIE

DD '75
DD '75
7 years ago

I graduated in 1975 and remember JMHS as being rough then.

Jason Dickinson
Jason Dickinson
10 years ago

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.

steve davidson
steve davidson
7 years ago

I heard they are going to demolish the school and put in housing units. Thats terrible but with that said we need things from the school. As former students wouldnt you like to know that parts of the school could still be used in other schools around the state. A small school in Southeastern Ok is in dire need of basketball goals, chairs and we would even take the gym floor and leave the logo in place in our practice gym . My name is Steve Davidson, 9184294118 if anyone knows of who I could contact to make an offer… Read more »

Richard Dunham
Richard Dunham
8 years ago

I was Class of 1970. As I see the photos, I think of those VERY GOOD teachers that meant so much to me. Mr Pat Riley – arts & crafts, Mrs Lockwood – biology, Mr Harrington – math and others that elude me right now. Friends, both living and gone, also makes for a big smile! Thank you JOHN MARSHALL H.S.!!!

Paul
Paul
8 years ago

The first article concernig history has several erors and some missed information. My clas of 57 was the first class to attend the first 6 yrs, 7th through 12th. This was a wonderful class that still meet. Britton High School was replaced with John Marshall, but not named Britton High School since it covered a wider area. We left John Marshall in better shape than when we arrived in 1951 and finished in 1957. We had $ drive and left a wonderful organ for classes of many years could hear and use. The lead in article did not say why… Read more »

grumpy
grumpy
8 years ago

I used to be an anti-violence educator for Oklahoma, and my job was to go to schools all over the state to teach a course on dating violence and sexual assault. John Marshall was one of the more "memorable" experiences I had. My co-presenter and I were directed into that huge theater (which looked then like it does now: gloomy, dark, and ominous), and then the place was filled with kids. We did the best we could at a presentation that had actually gone over very well with students at most other schools. John Marshall's staff just closed us in… Read more »

Don Crane
Don Crane
Reply to  grumpy
8 years ago

Horrible. Early signs of current state of society.

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