Lynn Lane School

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City/Town: Tulsa
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1928
Year Abandoned: 1975
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: 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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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.

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