|City/Town: • Joy|
|Location Class: • School|
|Built: • 1922 1939 | Abandoned: • 2002|
|Status: • Abandoned • Gutted • Private Property|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Eric 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.
This location is private property, do not attempt to enter or those caught will be prosecuted.
Gallery Below of Joy School
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