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Joy School

Joy School

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Built: 1922 1939 | Abandoned: 2002
Status: AbandonedGuttedPrivate Property
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzEric Price

Joy School came to fruition after three rural schools, Carr Flat, Talley, and Wheeler consolidated. consolidated their districts into one. Students of the new district were asked what the new school should be named and Joy School was the winning name. This in turn led for the pop-up town around the school to be named Joy as well. It was constructed in 1922 by the Board of Education serving grades K through 12th grade.

Due to further consolidations and declining enrollment in 1946 Joy School became a K through the 8th-grade center. “I went to Joy School from the middle of 5th grade (1949) until the middle of 7th grade (1951). There were 4 classrooms and 4 teachers, each teacher taught 2 grades” said former student Gwen Mclaughlin. After 8th grade, the students were bussed to nearby Wynnewood High School.

Allegedly it was used during the 1990s as an occasional haunted house around Halloween and that the gymnasium was open one night a week to anyone a few years after it closed. Due to another round of pushing for more consolidations, the Joy School closed in 2000 and the property was sold into private hands. Since then it has been entirely gutted and used off and on as a hay barn.

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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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