Truman Elementary School

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1930's
Year Abandoned: 1987
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

The abandoned Truman elementary school caught fire today. Closed for nearly 20 years its fate is definitely sealed. Go see it before it is torn down. NE 13th and Kelham. “There was somebody with fireworks and then I saw the smoke coming out of the top of the building, and then I called the fire department,” said the resident, who asked not to be identified. “It’s ridiculous, truthfully. They say the east side (of town) is bad anyways and this just makes it even worse.” quote from neighbor who saw the fire begin. (newsok.com) The building at 1324 N Kelham Ave. has been vacant for more than 20 years, said Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy. A neighbor said the school has been used for storage, but Kennedy said she couldn’t confirm that. The school was closed in 1987 as school officials faced pending state funding cuts, according to Oklahoman archives. Then-Superintendent Arthur Stellar said closing Truman, which didn’t meet fire code standards, and another school was a “more humane” way to address budget cuts than reducing staff or instructional costs. The school had survived closure threatened during previous rounds of budget cuts.

Truman originally was one of the city’s all-black schools. Oklahoma City’s school board ended segregation in 1955.

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Cindy
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Cindy

It would have been a good building to help with the increasing homeless population

Dekovan l. Bowler
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Dekovan l. Bowler

DLB I attended Truman Elementary from the kindergarten until my 6th grade year (1964 to 1971). I have nothing but but great memories from my school days there with my brothers,sisters and most of all my mother when she walked me to school. I hated to find out it had burned and was eventually demolished. It was very hard to say goodby to

Caye
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Caye

The school is, unfortunately, no longer there. Such a sad ending to a piece of history.

gary charlton
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gary charlton

I was told once of a story about 2 children came up missing in the 1960's in this school and that they were never found. I have searched the internet and cannot find anything about it.

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