Lynn Lane School

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City/Town: Tulsa
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1928
Year Abandoned: 1975
Status: Demolished
Photographer: David Linde

Lynn Lane School was built in 1928 and was named after the street on which it was built. Most Tulsa schools are named after a person, so this school is unique in this way. The school was annexed in 1962 and finally closed in 1975. In 1970, a girl was raped and murdered by a laborer and her body was found next door to the school. Also in the 70’s, a chlorine tank down the street at the Lynn Lane water treatment facility ruptured forcing families to seek shelter at the school.

Special thanks to John Crockett for giving the location of this school and Janice Jones of Tulsa Public Schools for help researching the school.

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psychosaw13
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psychosaw13

Wow! pic #31 is my fave! So weird how someone chose to throw all the desks & chairs in that celler. wonder why?

Fiend
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Fiend

I'm not sure really. Ive seen that in alot of places before, all the chairs or furniture thrown into one place.

Retired OK Teacher
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Retired OK Teacher

So Sad, as a retired teacher I think this is really terrible. They could have done something with this school, no schools really nearby, kind of like a little community. One of my son's young employees lost his life there driving down that street trying to get to his night shift work just this last year.. He ran into a telephone pole right in front of the school, died instantly. You can still see little bits of the vehicle and flowers left by the pole. It really shook my son up. Lynn Lane Baptist is right across the street, a… Read more »

ms. t
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ms. t

i think thats called reckless behavior

Lynnale
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Lynnale

I cant even remember seeing it in passing…and I usually notice old buildings.

Kelly
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Kelly

It is on the southwest corner of 11th and Lynn Lane. The last pictures show the 'front' of the building that faces Lynn Lane. So sad that this building is left this way!

james
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i'm from broken arrow ….. went to haskell. is it a paranomal site.?

Nik
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Nik

love image 40 😀

John
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John

Glad I could be of service and tell everyone about this school. I've been about three times now and everytime I go it's new for me. Next door is an old gym or cafeteria.The only experience I had there was hearing a little girl's voice. I don't know if that could be the murder that happend there or not but I could not make out what was said.

Derek Hill
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Derek Hill

I understand you heard a little girls voice.. where exactly did you hear it? Did you hear it with your ears or a recorder? I was just there not to long ago checking the place out with a digital camera, recorder, and a K2 meter. If you can i would like to hear from you. My e-mail is dhill1985@gmail.com Thanks

Cheryl
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Cheryl

The school actually didn't close until 1978. I went to this school from 1967 – 1972. This was a great school to attend. I have many happy memories of this ol place. It is such a shame to this once great place end up like this.

Jim H
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Jim H

Hi Cheryl, I recently purchased an ole school bell and was told that it was the Lynn Lane School bell. Would you have any pics of the school showing the bell? Thanks!

james
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haywood? i'm the 4th

Gary
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Gary

I went in 1966-67 Remember that gymnasium; they used it for assemblies and just about everything else and it might have been one of the few rooms that had heat; It must have snowed alot that year cause the bus we rode in picked us up over around the Kvoo Towers houseing area; I might even know you! The best time was eating lunch in that old builiding

alie89
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alie89

i have past by this school i want to go in but i wonder if i will get in trouble?

Fiend
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Fiend

Only if you get caught haha

Jeanette
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Jeanette

I went to this school in 1973 – 1974…it's kind of sad to see it like this.

cdb77
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cdb77

FYI this week the little building that can be seen on the right in photo 65 and next to the cellar in photo 66 was torn down. Not sure why or if there are plans for the rest of the site.

llfalcon
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llfalcon

that little building was used as the janitors office and band and orchestra were taught in it. it also had pre-school.

Derek Hill
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Derek Hill

Thats the building that I caught come great EVPs. Listen to the "I can show you" EVP. Janitor perhaps? http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3

tomax
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tomax

I went to this school in 1968 1969 it has the best school. We did the school play in that gym took school pic there .I set a record in the high jump in that gym. It was like going to old country school.The best of times

scott
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scott

I must have there when you were there…I attended Lynn Lane 4th through 6th grade

Derek Hill
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Derek Hill

That little building is where i caught some amazing EVPs.. We heard a knocking sound and I stuck my recorder in and asked "Hello?" and got a clear Hello response. Me and another male went back a second time and got another clear one saying "I will shred you" as well as a female voice saying something that doesn't sound english. Take a listen to the audio here: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3… click on the links and the audio player should come up on the pages. Just hit play

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I went to this school during the 1970's. The school as we were told the elder's who went there also many years before told us at a school assembly, it was built in 1900. The school assembly took place in 1975 in the gym. They told us stories and how the school had become more modernized (if you will) since the good ol days of the 3 r's. Reading, riting, rithmatic. I was student there in 1976 school year. Lynn Lane was still there when I was in Junior High School at Lewis and Clark in 1978-79 school year. I… Read more »

Michele
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Michele

I went to school here in the 1st-3rd grades in the 70's. There were also several prefab buildings that were torn down many many years ago. I remember walking across a bridge that was over a little creek to get to the playground. There was also honeysuckle bushes & wild onions near the south fence line that we used to pick.

Tery
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Tery

Interesting photos of the old doors and doorways,a mind wanders into thinking about all the kids who went back and forth through them and where they are now….Take care,,,Tery

Wallaby
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Wallaby

My mother, Mrs. Waller, taught for several years at Lynn Lane in the 70s. She still speaks fondly of all the students she had in her classes there. It's sad to see the school in this shape now.

Scott
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Scott

Wow!! I had Mrs. Waller for my 6th grade teacher!! She was the best! Would love to get an update on her. Feel free to email me if you like:
scottabates1@hotmail.com

Dan
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I & a few other Flickrers have visited Lynn Lane. Check out these pics: http://www.flickriver.com/search/%22Lynn+Lane+Sch

KCAC
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KCAC

Actually, Lynn Lane was the name of the old township that used to be in that area. The name stuck with the road even after the community was absorbed into Tulsa.

KCAC
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KCAC

Here's the link: http://www.tulsaokhistory.com/cities/lynnlane.htm… And, sorry it's part of Broken Arrow, not Tulsa….I should know that. =)

Far East Tulsans
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Far East Tulsans

Dear KCAC and Others, SORRY, Lynn lane School is in Tulsa, I have relatives that live down the street on 11th just a little east of Lynn Lane School. They have a Tulsa address, are in Tulsa county and in Tulsa School district. They have lived in the house many, many years. The county line at 193rd E. Ave used to be the city limits after 11th street and 21st Street up until a few years ago, some police officers and 911 still don't know it till they check in with their headquarters. After 193rd it is still Wagoner County… Read more »

anonymous
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anonymous

How about Rocky Point Recreation Area in Inola, it's been closed for quite a while but still has picnic tables, cookers etc. There ARE ways to get in, it's still owned by Oklahoma. Never did understand why they closed it down. I have lots of good memories from there in the 70/'s 80's.

Gary
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Gary

Friend, We had an old shack they called a cabin in that area back when the roads were nothing but dirt and stones; spent alot of time at that lake not to mention all the snakes and broken glass in the water; great place to launch your boat. It was so hot out there, it still makes me take a sigh of relief; we had no air conditioning in our shack but it was good times anyhow getting away from Tulsa. I didn't know it was in Inola, you might be talking about a different place. We would go past… Read more »

LLBC
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LLBC

On Monday, May 9, 2011 the building was demolished.

Hector
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Hector

This building is now nothing but a pile of rubble. Demolition appears complete as of May 10, 2011.

Andrea Feeback
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Andrea Feeback

It is really sad that the school is gone. I attended school there from preschool until 5th grade when we moved to Claremore. I have the most fond memories of attending school and the many friends and great teachers I had in a small school atmosphere. I actually started a Lynn Lane Elementary page on Facebook – many of my childhood classmates posted and there are a number of pictures there. The school had lots of character, of course all of the white pre-fab buildings have been gone for years and I remember how fun it was to get to… Read more »

Joyce
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Joyce

I would love more information on Lynn Lane. My Grandmother was there (according to the 1930 Census). It listed her as an "inmate". I thought it was some type of correctional school for girls. I finally found this site and it looks like I may be wrong. Does anyone know where you can look at the records and get more information?

Dusty Rogers
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Dusty Rogers

My Great Grandmother built the school and was the teacher there. She leased the school to the county $1.00, and the lease was good as long as it was used as a school. We tried getting the school back years ago but we were not able to break the lease do to the school districts claim that they were using it for storage. Very sad its gone, it did great things for my people and the community.

Kent
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Kent

I went to school there from 1969 to 1975. I appreciate the comment about the onions and the honeysuckle. I distinctly remember the bridge across the little creek which seemed huge to a 6 year old. We had about 10 acres to the west across the bridge that we could play on. We also had our gym days outside there. We ran the 50 "yard dash" and played baseball as a whole school there at the end of each year. The old prefab buildings were where most of the classrooms were. There was only one heater in the winter and… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

Dusty, my name is frank nichol, i think i grew up with some of your kin folks, would like to talk to you and see if you ever heard of them, her maiden name was crockett, my phone # is 918-282-6717, my email is frank_nichol@sbcglobal.net

SMH
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SMH

I found a brass plate near the old schoolgrounds that obviously went on a wooden plaque. Etched in the brass plate are: Sooners League 1941-1942 Zelma Krosley, Laura B _ _ _ Z? (illegable),Gertrude Slaton, Arvola Phillips, Min Hughes, Hattie Slaton. If anyone knows whether any of these girls are still around…and would like to get this plate back and maybe even restore it/place it on a modern plaque, please post here. It would be great to return it…from lost history.

Pallas Cleary
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Pallas Cleary

i went there briefly, never knew about the murder until years later. now one of my friends just rented a house next door and she is going to love this!

Derek
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Derek

I have actually caught EVPs of disembodied voices before they tore the school down. Here is a link to hear some of those EVPs if your interested http://www.chirbit.com/dhill1985 Click on the share links then hit play

Blu
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Blu

As I browsed the pictures I thought I recognized the buildings. Kelly gave a location above and that's exactly the school I thought this was when I saw the first few photos. It just looked so different inside that I doubted myself that it was the same place. After the school's closure in the late 70s it lay empty for a short time then was re-purposed as a private school. I was too young to care so I am not certain if the new school bought the land and buildings or perhaps leased the location themselves. In reading the comments… Read more »

Snaps Magee
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Snaps Magee

The clean image of the 'fighting cardinal' is interesting, since that's East Central's mascot and they've long used the image of a Cardinal with boxing gloves.

Gary
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Gary

I went to lynn Lane in 1966 ({6th grade) I remember alot of snow and how cold the rooms were. The auditorium room was used for head count homeroom and everything else to include plays and I think it was also used as a cafeteria..its been so long I may be wrong about using it to eat our lunches. I think it was used for everything since it was one of the few buildings that had heat. I moved from living near the KVOO Towers back into Tulsa and went to Bell Junior high after that-and haven't looked back since.

Henry Forst
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Henry Forst

My name is Henry, and I only have a couple of memories from that school. One was the swats the Mr. Davis would give, didn't like getting those very much. Two was my 4th grade homeroom teacher Mrs Godfree she was a big black lady that for some reason made a lasting impression on me as a young adult.
I will post this link in a group that I am in called The Eastsiders of Tulsa. So there might be some more comments coming soon.

Marisa McLandsborough-tyre
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Kevin
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Kevin

I went there from 1966 -1969 1st 1st 2nd 3rd my best memory was playing on the big Rock and baseball my brother and my two sister's went there only lived 1 mile west on 11 no bus for us.

Claire
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Claire

Does anybody have any information on the murder? Like news articles or anything of that nature?

Daniel
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Daniel

Hey Kevin My name is Daniel Dutton and my family lived on the corner of 11 and lynn lane right across from the school .my nahbors were the caldwells across from us and the myers up the road who owned a gas station and then the sasenskis. (Im sure the spelling is incorrect) cant remember you ? My family lef .after 7grade I went to lewis and clark and moved to illinoise and then California .we lived on a farm were the resavoir was built .and moved to 11 and lynn lane. I have yet to meet any one from… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

I grew up there and lived right across the street . On the corner of 11 and lynn lane . Went to 2nd grade up to 7th my name is Daniel and my brother Dudley and my sister lisa all went to school there and to church at the baptist church I rember the old burned out barber shop my Dad was Bill Dutton and my mom was Francile .my neihbors were the caldwells and the myers. I rember sherry myers and her family . I rember my best friend Danny wolfer and his Dad also lorie barrows , and… Read more »

Russel Havens
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I'm quite late to this party, but just saw the site. I went to first through 5th grade at Lynn Lane Elementary (1972 through 1977–the last couple of years they'd migrated most students out). I have wonderful childhood memories of the place. It's sad to see it in such a state, but buildings do not last forever. Even in their poor state, these photos brought out a lot of memories for me, things I have not thought about in decades. I only remember a few of my teachers' names, but they had a profound effect on me, as children's teachers… Read more »

casey
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casey

Can anyone help me with the location? i searched but couldnt find it

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