Page Woodson

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1911
Year Abandoned: 1994
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

Originally built as the Lowell School, and renamed Douglas High School around 1935, this magnificent structure served the once segregated black students of the east side of Oklahoma City until de-segregation began around 1969. After this, the new Douglas High School was built and its students moved a few blocks east to its current location. Re-branded as Page Woodson, it became a fifth year center. A bridge between elementary school and middle school. Which was a rather unsuccessful idea of the OKC school board administration.

There have been many ideas as to what to do with this massive structure. Mainly an African American cultural center. It would have utilized all aspects of the current facility. Like the swimming pool, auditorium, shop spaces etc. Yet nothing has ever come to fruition. This is truly one of the most architecturally significant schools left in Oklahoma City. It stands among survivors like Taft, North East High School, Classen School for Advanced Studies, and Capitol Hill. So frequently our city leaders will raise a structure (much like the second Douglas High School which was replaced with a gleaming memorial to MAPS for kids, in the face of a suffering neighborhood) without considering the historic cost a building such as this plays into our city’s history.

Finally closing its doors for good in 1994, it has stood as a testament to the burden such a building has on a city. A dilemma is posed. To remove a part of history that represents so much to a community that has been oppressed so frequently or to save it, at a cost that is truly great. No one can predict what will happen to this fabled house of learning. One thing is for certain though,  it’s memories will survive in the hearts and minds of those persecuted merely for the color of their skin.

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Mike T.
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Mike T.

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

Dara
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Dara

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

Just
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Just

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

Mike T.
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Mike T.

Cool.

Abby Mahan
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Abby Mahan

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
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ms donita

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
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ms donita

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
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Abby Mahan

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
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donita

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
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donita

….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
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mekenna

well there has been 3 fires since it was bilt

Abby Mahan
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Abby Mahan

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
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ms donita

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
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Abby Mahan

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
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Wesley

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
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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
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SaraNearGuthrie

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
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Cyn

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
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ms donita

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.
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LIDDELL KIRK, JR.

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
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DONITA

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
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Sam

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
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donita

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
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shane

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
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Marie

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

james
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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.

Andy
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Andy

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
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Ashley

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
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Ashley

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
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lacey

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

Fiend
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Fiend

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

donita
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donita

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
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Paige

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
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MS DONITA

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
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MS DONITA

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
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ms donita

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
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kkr

I would like to see the pics,

donita
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donita

hello kkr, 🙂

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

Andy
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Andy

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
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donita

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
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silly!!!!

elliott basco
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elliott basco

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
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Theresa

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

Elena
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Elena

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
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mekenna

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

angie
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angie

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
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lacey

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

Nikole S
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Nikole S

This place is creepy. Great Picts.

AbandonedOK Team
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Thanks Nikole! It is a very creepy place!

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