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Star School

Star School

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Built: 1959 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: David Linde
Star School
Architect Drawing ca 1959 Robert Cobb

A few months into 1959, the City of Wagoner proposed a brand new school to be built just West on the outskirts of town. Voters approved a $37,469 bond issue for the new building which would replace the current building for Star School District No. 11 students. The building would consist of two classrooms, office space, stage, kitchen, two restrooms, dressing rooms and an auditorium.  Architects J. Scott Workman of Tulsa was the architect and J.V. Powell was the general contractor of the project. Open house for the school was held on September 11, 1959, with the welcoming teachers being Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Hickman and Board members Ira White, L.H. Dockrey, and Guy Cooper.

The Star School, which started out as a one-room schoolhouse set to make their rural community just as advanced with the right tools as any other school. Prior to building the new modern brick building, the one-room schoolhouse was in need of many repairs and most students were being transferred to the city schools. After building the new school the district was just as advanced as the others. Sixty-two students were enrolled with teachers Jim Zachary, Barbara Alsup, and Loretta Berry.

It’s unknown just exactly when the Star School became abandoned, probably the 1990s. It then became a popular place for kids to go and hang out, graffiti and drink causing great neglect to the building. This led to the eventual demolish of the Star School.




Bibliography

https://www.newspapers.com/image/593573445/?terms=star%20school&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/509105956/?terms=star%20school&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/593573527/?terms=star%20school&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/632242617/?terms=star%20school&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/700732195/?terms=star%20school&match=1

https://gateway.okhistory.org/search/?q=star+school+wagoner&t=fulltext&sort=&fq=dc_type%3Aimage_photo

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Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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