Page Woodson

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1910
Year Abandoned: 1994
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler MooreMichael Schwarz

1910 Lowell Elementary

Lowell School

Originally built as the Lowell School in 1910, this date was engraved above the west entrance. It quickly grew in enrollment Students were held to a standard of morality and hygiene and teachers cared about keeping students on track. Some teachers even taking polls of which students brushed their teeth and telling them if they didn’t they would lose their social class cast. The Oklahoma City Times 01 Nov 1922, reported “When a boy plays truant, he usually gets into trouble and the police officers get him. He goes up before the judge and then reform school. It was such a case as this last year in Lowell School, that took Mrs. Anna Burks Love, principal, down to the courthouse to beg clemency of the judge. The lad was paroled to Mrs. Love.” Holmboe Construction was given a contract for an addition to Lowell School, work commenced on July 17, 1919, and the crew was given 120 days to complete it.

1933 Douglass High School

“The Pirates of Penzance,” by Gilbert & Sullivan, Operetta performed by Douglas High School students, Oklahoma City, OK, directed by Mrs. Zelia N. Breaux. Photo by G.E. Ginter, Oklahoma City, OK, c.1937.

Another addition of twenty-nine rooms, a pool, a gymnasium, auditorium and a stage was added onto Lowell as “Douglass High School” at a price of $195,000. A two-sided cornerstone was laid for the new building reading;

Let there be light
Laid by
The Most Worshipful
St. John Grand Lodge
of the State of Oklahoma


Inman E. Page
Principal of the Separate Schools
Advisory Committee
to the Board of Education
George R. Ragland Chairman
W.L. Vaughn / E.W. Perry
J.J. Dawson / L.C. Cleaves
J.J. Josephs / E. W. Caruthers
E.R. Richards / J.D. Nelson
A.D. 1933 / W.L. Haywood

Douglass High School Drum Corps, directed by Mrs. Zelia N. Breaux, Oklahoma City, OK. L to R: Front: 1-2. UNIDENTIFIED, 3. June Bennett, 4. UNIDENTIFIED, 5. Vivian Moon, 2nd Step: 3. Murdire Morrow, 6. Barbara, 3rd Row: 2. Thelma Jones, Back Row: 3. Burleigh, c.1946. Photo by Pendley, Oklahoma City, OK.

The name was officially changed to just Douglass High School, a separate school for the community of Oklahoma City. Unlike any other separate school in the area, the Douglass High School Trojans were the most elite programs, best facility, and most reputable students and staff. Monumental in size and pride the school stood out in the Black community rather than be hidden amongst industrial buildings like previous schools that bore the same name. The school is significant today as it is the oldest school still in existence in Oklahoma City, used for the purpose of segregating African American students from white students. In 1955, Douglass High School was renamed to F.D. Moon Middle School after its principal and it wasn’t long before it was renamed again in 1960 as Woodson School whose mascot was a wildcat. A tragedy occurred in the swimming pool in April of 1966 when a student tragically drowned. He was rushed to an ambulance by firemen and attendants.

1975 Page Woodson Fifth-Year Center

Woodson Wildcats play soccer during PE class ca. April 28, 1978

In 1975, the school was renamed Page Woodson not very different from its last name and operated as a  fifth-year center. Fifth-year centers were experimented with in Oklahoma City and most failed due to dispersion of population and desegregation, there weren’t enough students to fill the giant schools Columbus Elementary is another example of this. One year before closing the school implemented an acceleration center for students that were in danger of having to repeat the year. But the fact that it was a fifth-year center proved to be the reason for Page Woodson’s closing in 1994. The community refused to give up on the more than a century old school, even though fires had been set throughout the years of its abandonment. In 2015, two fires were intentionally set and thankfully firefighters were able to arrive on the scene early enough to put it out without significant damage.

But because of the fires and amount of decay from years of abandonment, renovation costs were estimated to be around $5 million, something the community wouldn’t be able to raise by themselves. With the help of James Bradshaw who bought the school and of Gina Sofola, liaison for the project development was underway to make it affordable housing. 

Page Woodson Apartments

 

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Bibliography

“1 Nov 1922, 6 – The Oklahoma City Times at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/612428181/?terms=Lowell%2Bschool.

“12 Jul 1919, Page 1 – The Oklahoma City Times at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/174847427/?terms=lowell%2Bschool%2Baddition.

“14 Mar 1999, 498 – The Daily Oklahoman at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/454391528/?terms=page%2Bwoodson%2Bschool.

“19 Jul 1993, 64 – The Daily Oklahoman at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/453603392/?terms=page%2Bwoodson%2Bschool.

“21 Sep 1933, 1 – The Oklahoma News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/594902459/?terms=lowell%2Bschool%2Baddition.

“30 Jun 1910, 8 – The Daily Oklahoman at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/441316053/?terms=Lowell%2Bschool.

“[Photograph 2012.201.B0975.0202].” The Gateway to Oklahoma History, 28 Apr. 1978, gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1292847/?q=page%20woodson.

“History.” Affordable Modern Apartments | Page Woodson Apartments, www.pagewoodsonokc.com/history.

 

 

 

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Mike T.
Mike T.
10 years ago

This is worth reading! I went through 5th grade here in 1985-86. The school was bright, clean and well cared for back then. I haven't seen it since the last day of school in June '86. Never saw the pool either, but I remember the basemet was full of CD-Civil Defense 55 gallon water drums and c-ration boxes. A lot of Cold War history in that bldg. The auditorium was always really hot or really cold. Poor insulation, plaster and steam radiator heating. Remember kids were sniffling and sneezing when it was cold and sweating and cranky when it was… Read more »

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Mike T.
10 years ago

incredible stories Mike! This is what its all about! Thank you for sharing Mike!

Dara
Dara
Reply to  Mike T.
9 years ago

Have you not tried to go back in there? Does it not interest you at all??

Just
Just
Reply to  Mike T.
5 years ago

Where is the Cold War stuff located worth lots of money
🙂

Mike T.
Mike T.
10 years ago

Cool.

Abby Mahan
Abby Mahan
10 years ago

It's creepy looking at, I wish there were more information on what actually took place at the school. If anyone has more info. I would love to know.

ms donita
ms donita
Reply to  Abby Mahan
10 years ago

i have been trying to get more info on the history too……no luck,,,,just getting info from those tht went to school there or vice versa…….all i ask is that if you decide to go into he building please be very careful, pray b4 u enter and when coming out just ensure safety as well as to ensure tht a spirit does not follow you,,,,,,,yess! they can attach themselves to you which can cause some real problems,,,,i honestly felt like there has been people who made into the school but did not come out,,,,,that big ass red orb i saw the… Read more »

ms donita
ms donita
Reply to  ms donita
10 years ago

oh and another thng,,,,go with a group, not by yourself,,,,,keep light around you**meaning-spirits like the dark but do not like light……make sure tht the person leading keep the flash light in frontal view and the person on the end keep the light beaming behind them,,,,,,overall, just pay attention to everything around u at all times,,,,,,as i stated awhile back, those spirits tricked us 2 times appearing as our friends(cross my heart! no lies at all!)i saw it wth my own 2 eyes……..the second time, my fellow friend who was with me went back by himself and i assume this spirit… Read more »

Abby Mahan
Abby Mahan
Reply to  ms donita
10 years ago

You are a very enlightening person to me. I've read all of your posted and admire your honesty. I would really like to know why there are so many spirits in this building. What happened here to keep or trap them in it? And why does the school board or admin. give any details about it.

donita
donita
Reply to  Abby Mahan
9 years ago

i really wish tht i could help them,,,,but,,,,i dont have that kind of power to release them,,,,,,not too sure of what it would take,,,,,,i dont thnk tht they knw they are dead,,,honestly,,,,,,i was just too scared to communicate,,,,,,,,,,those innocent babies,,,,,,3 of those kids followed me home,,,NO LIE! 3 boys! now i just told them tht they could not stay here,,,,,and not to harm my kids,,,,,,my mother helped me to remove them as well,,,,,,,lately a freakin bad spirit wantd my attention for what reason i do not know but it levetated me out of my bed while my 12 yr old… Read more »

donita
donita
Reply to  donita
9 years ago

….i could see my side of the bed and her in it,,,,,,,,she raised up and said " mom are you sleep walkin?" and the damn thing put me down…….i started prayin and got back in the bed…..i pulled the covers over my face,,,and it pressed itself against the sheets to smother me so i turned my back but stayed under the covers……this mutha grabbed my fuckin shoulder and squeezed it hard,,,i yelled out and my daughter jumped up out of fear…….she turmed on the lights and asked me what was wrong…..she did not remember asking me about sleep walkin at… Read more »

mekenna
mekenna
Reply to  Abby Mahan
8 years ago

well there has been 3 fires since it was bilt

Abby Mahan
Abby Mahan
Reply to  ms donita
10 years ago

ms donita

How did you know that you could see or commicate with spirits? I have occassionally had this strange instances where I think maybe I know there is my grandmothers spirit here. I am living in here home and I was very close to her all of my life. Any advise would be great.
Thanks

ms donita
ms donita
Reply to  Abby Mahan
9 years ago

hi abby i have been able to do it ever since i was a kid……..not very happy about it but god decided to bless me with the gift:),,,,,when its someone that you were close to, the room could get unusually cold, you can smell their scent, or they may move or do somethng to get your attention, "hey its me!"……i can tell when my granny is around by her scent,,,,,always! especially when we go to a family function in texas,,,,i can pick up her scent,,,,,or i may catch a cool breeze thats not normal……..my sisters baby gives out a laugh… Read more »

Abby Mahan
Abby Mahan
Reply to  ms donita
9 years ago

ms Donita, I have never been able to since anything but ever since my grandma died, which I was extremely close too, I can sometimes smell her perfume and I have felt the since of someone here is with me and it doesn't scare me. I have seen what I believe to be a funny looking area in the room but wasn't sure. My husband has had times that he says he becomes very cold is feels like someone is watching him. He isn't scared he figures it's my grandma since we are living in her house. I sometimes wish… Read more »

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  ms donita
9 years ago

Have you checked the Oklahoman archives? or gone to the historical society and looked into the Black Dispatch paper? or contacted the Oklahoma city school board? or looked up any of the old teachers that were there for years?

Surly if someone was killed or died there, Someone would know the specifics and not anecdotal stories. .

Good luck on your search!

Jayme
10 years ago

I am going to visit this school this weekend. I've seen the pics and read all the comments. I'm taking the advice of the many who have been there. Do not go alone, take many flashlights and batteries, and bunndle up it gets cold. I'll be sure to take all the proper percotions and my camera. I'll write about my experiences nxt week.

SaraNearGuthrie
SaraNearGuthrie
10 years ago

I found an article in the Oklahoman Archives that gives some more info on why nothing has been done with the property since it's close. Apparently the original deed states it must be used for public school purposes or be returned to the original owner who no longer exists. The OKC school system was afraid that if they tried to use the land for something else or sold it, that the descendants of the original land owners may lay claim to the property. Enjoy http://archive.newsok.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=R

Cyn
Cyn
10 years ago

Okay, my teen son and his friends drug me in there. There are 2 doors wide open and there are no signs for No Tresspassing anywhere. I talked to a neighbor of the school and he said he would never go back in there…he knows a small girl drowned in the pool, but any other info on the janitor and murders he was sketchy about. It honestly was kind of creepy and intimidating just pulling up to it! There were 6 of us ages 17 – 42 and we each had our own experiences to varying degrees. We made sure… Read more »

ms donita
ms donita
Reply to  Cyn
10 years ago

wow! how in the world could they not know of this school??? that is crazy, yet spooky as hell! that means if someone goes in and gets hurt of lost, they cant even be helped simply because no one is familiar with this place,,,,,,,,i read somewhere that the city is thinking of turning the school into a museum or community center,,,,,i'd be suprised if they are successful….. either way, i don't think that i will visit,,,,,spirits can get really pissed/dangerous when they are disturbed……

LIDDELL KIRK, JR.
LIDDELL KIRK, JR.
10 years ago

I attend this school from kindergarten to the sixth grade. (1964-1970) We had to sing the school song almost everyday and I still remember it at age 50!!! I hardly recall the swimming pool. I may have been to it only once when I went to the school. It was called Carter G Woodson Elementary School then. The “Page” part in the name is from another elementary school on the east side called Page Elementary School. Page was close long before this school was renamed “Page-Woodson”. Thanks for the pics. Who is you contact at the school board to get… Read more »

DONITA
DONITA
10 years ago

HEY,,,I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME DO NOT BELIEVE IN SPIRITS, GHOST, DEMONS,,,,,,ECT,,,BUT LET ME BE THE FIRST TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE,,, “THEY DO EXIST”,,,,,,THAT SCHOOL IS FULL OF THEM,,,,ORBS ARE SPIRITS,,,IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT THEM YOU WILL SEE FACES IN THEM,,,,ITS FUNNY HOW THE PICS THAT I TOOK VERSUS THE ONES ON THIS SITE,,,,,ALL OF US TOOK PICTURES AT THE SAME TIME AND GUESS WHAT??? WE ALL HAD THE SAME NUMBER OF ORBS,,,HMM,,,IMAGINE THAT!!!…….AND I GUESS THE AUDIO RECORDING THAT MY FRIEND HAS OF THE KIDS WALKING THE HALL IS FAKE TOO??? NOT!!!!!!!,,,,HE WAS STANDING IN THE HALL–1ST FLOOR BETWEEN… Read more »

Sam
Sam
Reply to  DONITA
9 years ago

yah. sorry. i generally do not take anyone seriously who types in all caps, uses that many commas, can barely use proper sentence structure, and just sits there and does not listen to anything that anyone says and just tries to defend their view by saying things such as "oh it is real, I know it." proof that cannot in no way be debunked or nobody will believe it.

donita
donita
Reply to  Sam
9 years ago

wow! i did not know that my grammar would be graded on! typing in all caps really means nothing to me. just to let you know, i was not angry at all the day i posted the comment. i don't really care if anyone believes me or not. therefore, your judgement of me does not matter. i know what i saw and there were others who witnessed the things that took place. you were not there!

shane
shane
10 years ago

i went the sunday december 20.. we didnt hear anything but we got some camara footage.. but the cops came and we all almost got are ass bit by a k9 dog.. so dont go in there with out permission..

Marie
Marie
10 years ago

I am curious. Did you get permission to enter? I am a photographer and am looking for some abandoned sites to do a shoot. Any help/advice would be great. With all my equipment I have I don't really want to 'break' in anywhere. Do you know any locations that are easy to enter and you didn't need permission?

james
Reply to  Marie
10 years ago

yes there are acouple busted windows on the east side of the buildin. the front door is tight but open. its relatively easy to get in. get away from the exterior walls so people cant spot you lites from the outside.

james
Reply to  Marie
10 years ago

Contact Oklahoma City Public Schools for permission to enter or just do what everyone else does.

Andy
Andy
10 years ago

BTW orbs are dust but the school is around the OU medical campus in the eastside of OKC east of downtown. You can see it from 10th. st It is truly magnificent!

Ashley
Ashley
Reply to  Andy
10 years ago

Thanks! I think I found it, it looks like it's in a residential area as well? Huge, boarded up windows? xD Oh the glory of Google Maps

Ashley
Ashley
10 years ago

Weird, not sure if my comment posted. Can you give me a location on this place? I live in Norman and would love to do a shoot here. There were so many orbs in the auditorium!

lacey
lacey
Reply to  Ashley
9 years ago

in oklahoma city ya i saw them to my sis is there right now

Fiend
Fiend
10 years ago

I could spend hours in this place walking around and taking pictures, love it!

donita
donita
10 years ago

i wonder why haven't they moved on?
this evil man has this much power to keep them in that school…..i don't think that they realize that they are dead……you can see the kids sitting in the auditorium to the right and you can also see a man on the stage,,,,,,everytime i look at the pictures i see something different….

Paige
Paige
Reply to  donita
10 years ago

Donita, you remind me of a woman who took me on a tour of the El Reno Ranch or the name was something similar to that.
Me and my aunt swore we saw an orb in the basement of a house And when you (if you are the woman I think you are) put your hand to the window he wanted me sent in there.. But yeah. Creepy stuff.

I believe you can see these things, but I myself do not want to believe that such scary things exsist…

MS DONITA
MS DONITA
Reply to  Paige
10 years ago

hi paige 🙂
sorry for the late response,,,,computer issues…lol….yeah,,,i have been able to see and communicate with spirits since i was a child and to be honest, its something that i wished i did not have,,,,,lol,,,i have never been to el reno since my cousin summer rust and her babies were killed,,,,,,too hard,,,,,i even saw them the night of the candle light ceremony,,,,,,she was standing infront of her door holding evan and the autumn, kirsten and teagan were standing next to her,,,,,watching all of us…..i wanted so badly to say somethng but i don't think anyone would have believed me……….

MS DONITA
MS DONITA
Reply to  MS DONITA
10 years ago

any hooo,,,,i drove by the school the other day and notice tht some thngs on the outside have changed,,,,,the gate is now open, someone cut through the fence(i assume before the lock had been picked), the window that we climbed into this past winter ws boarded up, window on the door is boarded,,,,,there is a window on the side of the school that has been busted open and i noticed that more of the window glass is missing from the 3rd floor windows….i also saw some folks in a silver pickup(parked on the school grounds) doing some exploring of their… Read more »

ms donita
ms donita
Reply to  MS DONITA
10 years ago

maybe we can meet up and have a girls day out!!!,,,,,,u seem to be pretty cool,,,,,,,email me@…………..
mzkokoa32@yahoo.com and u can also find me on facebook,,,,,,,,,,,,

kkr
kkr
Reply to  MS DONITA
9 years ago

I would like to see the pics,

donita
donita
Reply to  kkr
9 years ago

hello kkr, 🙂

just let me know when u wanna meet up at the school,,,,,im not going in though,,,,lol

Andy
Andy
10 years ago

I was there and also witnessed several spiritual encounters. I felt the presence of a drowning victim in the pool. I felt the urge to cry out and say " I will save you" but when I looked back I no longer felt the presence! While in the science lab I heard the screaming of someone who had caught their hand on fire from a bunson burner! I was so terrified and heartfelt at the same time for these victims! It is truly a spiritual place!

donita
donita
11 years ago

not sure of who you should contact for permission,,,my friends as well as myself went into this school this passed sunday,,,,we did witness ghost activity in the hallways,,,,not to mention the dark-black spirit that moved in the stage area,,,,,we also believe that one of the ghost appeared in the form of one our friends while we were in the auditorium,,,we kept wondering who our friend was speaking to…when we found her, she stated that she was talking to one of our friends who was with me in another area,,,,spooky huh??? we got good pics and audio of the spirits the… Read more »

james
Reply to  donita
10 years ago

silly!!!!

elliott basco
elliott basco
Reply to  donita
9 years ago

i live in the neiborhood around the school and also attended it ,,,,,i have thing 2 tell u that u would only believe if u were ther ,,,,,,like things breakin,,,voices,,,things movin doors slamin,,,the bell 2 change classes has even rang ,,,i dont really believe in ghost but i will say THER IS SOMTHING IN THER THAT ISNT NORMAL. from going ther ,to prowlin around in ther after it was closed ,,be careful

Theresa
Theresa
11 years ago

WOW!!! It has been 25 years since I have seen this place. A little scary but it brought back great memories.
Thanks

Elena
Elena
11 years ago

Who did you contact to get permission to go in this school and take pics? I'm trying to get permission for a photo shoot here and can't figure out who to call. After finding this (awesome) site I knew this school was perfect for what I needed. None of the city offices even know what I'm talking about. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

mekenna
mekenna
Reply to  Elena
8 years ago

just go i wouldnt ask them since they dont even know what it is

angie
angie
11 years ago

i went to this school when i was in the 5th grade. how come no one has done the story on it being haunted? creepy yeah i would say so! when i was there crazy stuff happen on the bottom floor and behind the gym where the pool is someone should call ghost hunters!

lacey
lacey
Reply to  angie
9 years ago

my sister is there right now do you know why it is haunted like what happen??

Nikole S
Nikole S
11 years ago

This place is creepy. Great Picts.

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Nikole S
11 years ago

Thanks Nikole! It is a very creepy place!

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