Norfolk School

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City/Town: Yale
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1922
Year Abandoned: 1958
Status: AbandonedGutted
Photojournalist: David Linde

Although the final graduating class at Norfolk High had only 5 graduates, the 11 room brick school closed its doors in 1958. The school grew up in wealth surrounded by a panorama of glistening oil tanks near Cushing. The school was built in 1922 in Payne County. The school has enjoyed a colorful record, heavily fringed in oil boom wealth of the early 1920’s. Oil strikes and an upsurge in rural population in the area created a need for a high school, and in 1922 a small, frame building went up. In 1925 a fire reduced the school to rubble, and caused the school to rebuild with a more up-to-date building. In 1926 they constructed the still standing brick structure with 11 rooms, gymnasium, auditorium, workshops and dressing rooms. The teaching staff was increased to seven, with a full time superintendent.  A full fledged athletic program also was inaugurated and special classroom equipment was installed. Norfolk soon became a school to be envied by its city cousins. Then with the passing of the oil play subsided, and the round-bellied oil tanks ringing the school echoed fading dreams and was closed due to financial problems and low enrollment.

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Melisa
Melisa
4 years ago

Does anyone know when it was all knocked down and by who? We went yesterday and it is all piles of bricks and ruble, but you can still go underground.

Bubba Jones
Bubba Jones
Reply to  Melisa
4 years ago

I heard it was you!!

BJC
BJC
4 years ago

I think some of the information posted here is incorrect … The school didn't close in 1958. I say this, primarily, because I attended Norfolk Elementary School for 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade. (My family moved away during the 3rd school year and then came back the next). And I was born in 1958. I can't remember the name of the Principal during my first couple of school years at Norfolk, but Mr. Johnson was the Principal when I was in the 4th grade. There were a couple of houses there on the grounds. Mr. Johnson's family lived in one.… Read more »

David Hudgins
David Hudgins
Reply to  BJC
4 months ago

Closer to 1968, I remember playing them in baseball there when I was in 6th or 7th grade. That would have been around 1968.

Sandra Cook
Sandra Cook
Reply to  BJC
3 months ago

I graduated eighth grade there in 1962. That was not the last year it was open.

trackback
6 years ago

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kasunat
kasunat
6 years ago

im going tonight

Bubba Jones
Bubba Jones
Reply to  kasunat
4 years ago

I will bring the lube

Cory
Cory
7 years ago

Can somebody please tell me exactly how to get there?!?? Please, I'm by McKinnneys butcher shop

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Cory
6 years ago

If you were by McKinney's and couldn't find it, there is no help for you

Melisa
Melisa
Reply to  Cory
4 years ago

Did you ever find it? It is a pile of rubble now, but you can still go thru the underground rooms.

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

FYI we went here for a small photo shoot today and the school is no longer standing, just piles of bricks everywhere. 🙁

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

Anybody know if this is still around and where it exactly is?

Kristy
Kristy
8 years ago

Have been there several times , daytime and night time, while it does have a creepy vibe we never saw or heard anything. We have a ton of pics from there.

Katee
Katee
Reply to  Kristy
17 days ago

Do you still have photos? I’d love to see.

Chelsea
Chelsea
9 years ago

i went down there just last night and it was soo cool. so many things happened. we heard voices and actual convorsations. my mom brother and my moms friend always kept in pairs of two. im just visiting down here from vegas but my mom brothers and such have all been there before. they told me a story about how three kids were burned in to broiler room so i just had to check it out. i guess theres a nosy old lady across the way that calls the cops anytime she sees anyone so we roamed the inside til… Read more »

local
local
9 years ago

I have lived in the area my entire life as far as haunted goes, i hav spent plenty of time there daytime and night time and yet to experience anything paranormal. It is creepy, but what old abandoned building that is falling apart every second of every day isnt creepy, especially after dark when your mind is playing tricks on ya. Lol

Ken
Ken
9 years ago

My dad (81), & his 2 older brothers & 1 older sister went to this school. I believe my dad attended Council Valley grade school then to Norfolk in 8th grade thru senior in high school. He graduated in 1948. His 3 older siblings all graduated from Norfolk between about 1937 to 1943. Norfolk had some very good basketball teams in the 1930's & 1940's according to my dad and uncles. I remember when i was a kid that my dad had a letter-mans jacket with the big "N" on it. As a kid I remember visiting my grandparents farm… Read more »

Ann
Ann
9 years ago

My husband and I visited this school a few years ago. I took lots of pictures and these are the best I put on my computer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10854319@N08/sets/72… We went upstairs, and the middle of the floor up there doesn't look too safe. We also visited the boiler room, but I haven't put those pictures I took on here. Anyway it did feel kind of creepy down there and is definately a fire trap with only one way out, so needless to say we didn't linger long down there! BTW, you have some great pictures of this place on here! Thanks… Read more »

hisgirl4ever
hisgirl4ever
10 years ago

ok so a bunch of my friends, and my boyfriend, and i went out there saturday night my one friend found a pile of dirt in the boiler room in the dirt was written help me in red some my boyfriend and him started digging after i told them not to my one friend got a little further down and got burned. turns out today there is a triangle one his back now

cassper
cassper
10 years ago

yea I was goin to say how funny I remember going out there to party and stuff and never remember anything freaky going on I also remember one of my friends writing that satans house on the wall when you go in so Iam not sure its really haunted!! but who really knows!!

The D Man
The D Man
10 years ago

All this is just plain funny. This property has been in my family a long time. There were never any kids killed there, and the only fire was a grass fire when I was a kid. It's just an old school.

Fiend
Fiend
Reply to  The D Man
10 years ago

Finally some real information. You wouldnt happen to have any old photos of it would you?

Pam
Pam
Reply to  The D Man
10 years ago

Ok I don't do the haunted thing. However we our working on geneology and I am putting together a scrapbook and I want to include the old schools. Do you know where I might find a roster or old yearbooks from here? I found the school and have talked to people but I would love some first hand info. my email is prhamy@gmail.com.

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  The D Man
9 years ago

I grew up less than a mile from the school and I've heard many stories from family members that went there. I've always wanted to check it out and take pictures but I've never wanted to trespass. Could you get me in contact with whomever I would need to talk to about permission to be there? You can email me at leslie.e.maitlen@okstate.edu. Thank you.

Curious
Curious
Reply to  Leslie
9 years ago

We went to the Norfolk School yesterday. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. However, when I downloaded my pictures this morning, the pictures we took in the basement had many what people call "orbs". Strange that none of the other pictures had even a slight, "orb", but the basement pictures were full of them. I don't know how to post those pictures on this site.

Chelsea
Chelsea
Reply to  Leslie
9 years ago

we called the police in charge around there and they said as long as you dont see the tresspassing signs you can go on there. and the only thing that a police officer could do is tell you to leave the property. we went down to the road right after the school and turned left on an obvious dirt road until we couldnt be seen. right about there we made our way to the school. i might let you know theres a little old lady who does call the cops anytime she sees somone but you should be able to… Read more »

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Chelsea
6 years ago

It doesn't matter if there is a sign or not, it is illegal to tresspass. City folk! Is is ok if I come to your house and just wander around in your backyard?

As for girls that died, didn't happen. Still smell like fire? Well it did for awhile there after some dumbass spook chasers camped out in it and their camp fire set the thing on fire.

Curious
Curious
Reply to  The D Man
9 years ago

This is for D Man. Were you in the neighborhood in 1925? Supposedly, that was when there was a fire. The school was rebuilt the next year and then abandoned, I think in the 50's. I have been unable to find anything about the fire or fatalities. So, you are saying, Norfolk School is now on private property? That mean, anyone there would be tresspassing, but it is not posted.

RS Hicks
RS Hicks
10 years ago

i have been to the norfolk school, i heard the story a little different, is there any kind of state report on this. my grandma grew up in cushing, she said she never heard of it, is it odd that the place still smells like fire. did it catch on fire since it was shut down? what about the small white building just to the south? was that the superintendants house. i heard it was the ground keepers house. and he burnt the school down because the kids were making fun of him, maybe i just heard from the wrong… Read more »

Curious
Curious
Reply to  RS Hicks
9 years ago

We were there yesterday. So far, I have been unable to find anything out about the fire, or any children being killed in it. Supposedly the school was rebuilt after the fire, though we did find evidence of a fire. Most likely, a result of vandalism.

nathan scott
nathan scott
Reply to  RS Hicks
9 years ago

well i grew up in cushing and i've been there every senior power night as from what i have experianced it is in fact "haunted" i mean there is apparations spirits orbs of light and all that but i mean nothing bad has ever happened to me or anyone i know out there and we've stayed out there all night drinking. from what i've been told there r two different stories one states that 20 children were murdered by the janitor in the furnace room. and the other story was that 2 kids got trapped in the basement while the… Read more »

Shannon McComas
Shannon McComas
Reply to  RS Hicks
9 years ago

I'm just wanting to know where it is located. My husband & I want to come have a look. singr1989 at yahoo

Leila Mushaney
Reply to  RS Hicks
6 years ago

I not only went to school there my mom was a teacher there in 1953-54 questions contact.

Caroline
Caroline
10 years ago

I went with a group of 5 tonight and I thought that this building was really cool. We decided to go before dark because when we tried to find it last week in the dark, we failed. So we showed up around 8 and found a good place to leave my car and proceeded to brave the brush to find our way to the building. It was bigger than I expected it to be, and there was a lot to explore. The boiler room kind of gave me the creepies, but that is because I knew of the stories going… Read more »

Delicious
Delicious
10 years ago

Me and some of my friends used to go out to the school when we wher in high school and I've witnessed my fair share of unexplainable things out there. in one instance we experienced one of my friends actually get a brick thrown at him. We tried to come up with a logical explaination for what happend but as u can see from the pictures of the boilier room theres really no bricks missing from the ceiling or the walls so it couldn't have just fell…..

caye
caye
Reply to  Delicious
8 years ago

Can you tell me were this place is exactly?

Kasey And Ricky And
Kasey And Ricky And
11 years ago

Ok we went there when the sun was first setting. Checking everything out to know where we would stay. Me(Kasey) and Ricky stayed in the gym where all the basketball courts were. When It got dark we walked there and turned our lights off and stayed there and sat down. After awhile we started to here things dropping from above us like brick and in one case Ricky turned and a nail fell and hit his shoulder from above. We thought it of as the kids there see it as burning down building and stuff falling from the fire. His… Read more »

Adam
Adam
Reply to  Kasey And Ricky And
10 years ago

Me and couple friends went there a few days ago and had the same thing happen to us. we were in the gymnasium area and objects started falling from the sky. it was strange because the roof of the gym has no ceiling and the objects were obviously blunt and had some decent mass to them. u could tell by the way it ricochet off the walls. i've never been a believer in ghosts but this one got me genuinely creeped out and im beginning to wonder

Kasey Johnson
Kasey Johnson
Reply to  Kasey And Ricky And
10 years ago

Hey Adam if you ever check this place out again give me a call or a text at 1-661-361-0493. My friend Ricky Lives there and maybe we could all do this again.

joe
joe
Reply to  Kasey And Ricky And
10 years ago

i have also seen the man, one night about 12:00 me and a few friends went to see the school. as we arrived we got stuck in a big hole. as we were outside of the truck i looked down the road that passes the school. i see a man standing, staring at me. he doesn't move at all. when i turn my head to show my buddy, i turn back and he is gone. im not sure what he "it" was but i have no doubt it was there.

Fiend
Fiend
11 years ago

This school also goes by the name of “satans house”. Its said to be a place of satan worshiping at night. And the main urban legend of this place is that when it caught fire, two children were trapped in the boiler room and died. Because of this, it is said to be haunted by them.

Fiend
Fiend
Reply to  Fiend
11 years ago

Ok, so after doing a little more research, I found out I was partly wrong. "Satans house" is a separate location, which is actually part of a train loading station from one of the old refineries out there. I believe its farily close to this school. The legend of the children dying at this school still stands though.

Chaos
Chaos
Reply to  Fiend
9 years ago

My aunt used to live down the road from here, and I had always heard the satan worshipping stories growing up. It definitely gives a creepy vibe, day or night.

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