Thomas A. Edison School

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Year Built: 1950 | Year Abandoned: ~2000s
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK Team

Mrs. Thelma Lowder, teacher, is at blackboard. Moveable furniture (arrange in semi-circles here) makes for more flexibility in teaching.”

Thomas A. Edison elementary school was completed in 1950 and by December of that year the students and teachers had moved in making themselves at home. It was the typical architecture of that time period, large classrooms, some with sloped ceilings. Narrow hallways that connected classrooms to central areas such as offices, restrooms, the multipurpose auditorium. Some of the teachers of the first decade included Kindergarten – Mrs. Frielander; First grade – Mrs. Honska; Second grade – Mrs. Rueble; Third and Fourth grade – Mrs. Brown; Fifth grade – Mrs. Phillips, Thelma Lowder, and Vernice Sellman who was principal in the latter half.

Some notable events that took place in this building were its use as a polio vaccination center. As well as in 1959 the elementary school was integrated, welcoming around fifteen African American children that year. It would be the ninth school in Oklahoma City to desegregate, the first of schools north of N.E. 23rd Street.

It closed as a school in 1974 due to low enrollment and as a part of Oklahoma City’s extensive consolidation plan. It then became the home of the Oklahoma City Campus Police Transportation Dept. Training Program. The building became abandoned in the early 200s and sat for years falling further into a state of decay. On April 16, 2016 the beloved small suburb school was demolished, completely erasing its physical existence. The sign was salvaged from one of the former students and put on display in their backyard, keeping the memories of Thomas A. Edison Elementary alive for years to come.

Article by AOK Photojournalist Emily Cowan.

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Bibliography

Owen, A. Y. [Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.6921]photographDecember 21, 1950; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1699494/accessed May 27, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

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Sean
2 years ago

Wow, this is very interesting to see what it looks like on the inside.

Nội thất Trung Hưng
4 years ago

The destruction of a spacious school

vodat92
4 years ago

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Jual Lemari Arsip
4 years ago

Really nice school..

Kara
Kara
5 years ago

Does anyone know who owns this? I am looking to own a school and bring it back to life.

paul
5 years ago

thank for share Thomas A Edison School. its memorable 😀

Jual Whiteboard
Reply to  paul
4 years ago

That's right…

office chair bandung
5 years ago

… thank for sharing this article.. it's inspiring….

Pat Dorr
Pat Dorr
5 years ago

Does any one know what the Class 1918 stone was for? There must have been a school there long before Edison. I would love to have more info about that.

Pat Dorr
Pat Dorr
5 years ago

I went to school at Edison from kindergarten to sixth grade, 1952-59. Kindergarten teacher – Mrs. Frielander; First grade – Mrs. Honska; Second grade – Mrs. Rueble (who took class out outing to Arcadia); Third and Fourth grade – Mrs. Brown (both grades I thought); Fifth grade (Mrs. Phillips); Sixth grade (unsure). I lived one block south on the northeast corner of 27th and Creston Dr., right across from the park. They torn down the swings last summer and filled in the gully west of the park. The last remnants of a wonderful childhood are disappearing!

Emily Cowan
Admin
Reply to  Pat Dorr
3 months ago

Hi Pat. I am in the middle of updating this article as we speak, can you tell me what the building was after its closure as a school in 1974?

Reni
Reni
5 years ago

I too was a student at Edison from in the mid 60's to very early 70. I got a text just today stating that the school is scheduled to be torn down on Monday, March 21. I do truly wish there was a way to keep this from happening.

Marc Williams
Marc Williams
9 years ago

Yes, this was my school from 69-70 and I have fond memories of getting to feed the gold fish in the mornings as I entered the classroom. I was also hit accross the forehead by a flying piece of metal pipe while hanging on the monkey bars outside on the playground. Shortly thereafter due to the intergration changes, we were bused way accross town to an elementary school on the SW side of Okc.

Emily Cowan
Admin
Reply to  Marc Williams
3 months ago

Hi Marc. I am in the middle of updating this article as we speak, can you tell me what the building was after its closure as a school in 1974?

paardenrassen
9 years ago

looks terrible

Lady Lelouch
Lady Lelouch
9 years ago

What's that in pic 47? It looks like the skull of some cat or something…

Hailey
Hailey
Reply to  Lady Lelouch
5 years ago

Right it freaked me out I thought maybe a squirrel or yah maybe a cat but freaky no the less

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10 years ago

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S.D. Turner
S.D. Turner
10 years ago

This was my school that had great teachers. (1953 -1955). I wonder why European schools can sustain themselves for centuries while U.S. schools go the way of disposible objects as if a used paper cup?

Joel Genung
Joel Genung
11 years ago

It broke my heart to see the state of this, my first school. I went to kindergarten, first and a few week's of second grades here from 1953 until 1955. Yes, I remember well receiving my polio vaccination here, as well! In 1955, all of the surrounding neighborhoods that fed Edison were middle class white and it's obvious the demographics changed considerably before the school closed. It was a fun area to grow up in the 1950's with its close proximity to Lincoln Park and Springlake Amusement Park. Thanks for sharing the tour. I wish I could have joined you… Read more »

Ken Oklahoma City, O
Ken Oklahoma City, O
11 years ago

Impressive! Is there an address?

Kati Smith
Kati Smith
11 years ago

I can't believe I didn't know of any of these Oklahoma City schools! Did you guys have to get special permission to enter or were there just open doors?

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Kati Smith
11 years ago

Hey Kati,
yes, we did get permission for the majority of the schools.

Anon
Anon
Reply to  AbandonedOK Team
4 years ago

Hey, who would I contact for this school & Gateway Academy? Gateway academy has a system of bells I wish to get(with permission). This school, though I don't want to go in it, has some atlas speakers on the outside as well as a horn in one of the pictures I wish to get. Who would I contact to inquire about getting these?

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