Waukomis School

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City/Town: Waukomis
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1936
Year Abandoned: 1999
Status: Gutted
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzMary Evans

During the first few years of statehood the community thrived. By 1909 it offered residents Christian, Congregational, Evangelical Lutheran, and Methodist churches, a graded public school, and the weekly newspaper, rechristened as the Oklahoma Hornet. Telephones and electricity were also available. The number of businesses numbered forty-three, including four elevators. Dr. S. F. Scott built the first stone buildings in town, one an opera house, both on Main Street. While the number of enterprises declined by the time of World War I, agricultural services still included a flour mill, three elevators, and a creamery. Residents could keep their money in two banks and socialize through membership in the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star.

Read more at https://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/W/WA047.html

The school was constructed in 1915 and was later demolished, rebuilt, and reopened once again in the mid 30’s. Strangely enough, when the school was demolished, the school district chosen to leave the debris where it was and build the new school on top.  Some years gone by as the recently built school provided generations of young children education. Arising in the late mid 80‘s, enrollment numbers were declining and many people were moving into bigger cities. The Waukomis School district determined that they would build a smaller schools and desert the original building because of major disrepair. The gym was still used, up until 2003, when the floor was slowly warping due to water and heat damage. Today, the Waukomis current school staff is still discussing what they should do with the vacant school. There are thoughts of selling or demolishing the old Waukomis school.

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Sanjeet Veen
4 years ago

Memories are saved, here ultimate way to save the memories of old school, looking from opinion it is good that this school is closed, but there are many more from this which are running, but it also need to pay attention and infrastructure is done as education is the vital source for every student.

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6 months ago

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Don
Don
7 years ago

I believe the school bldg is currently being used as a facility to train drug dogs. At least that's what I was told by a fellow who I understand is the owner of "A little bit of Seattle" Incidentally, A little bit of Seattle is a really good gelato place. If you're in the area, I'd recommend you check it out.

John
John
7 years ago

Waukomis public schools is still functioning. I am assuming this is one particular building that is no longer being used? I went to school at Pioneer just up the road and have lots of family that still live in and around Enid.

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

I can't believe that it's closed! I went there briefly in 1999. Crazy memories…

Luci
Luci
7 years ago

I just came across this album on I believe "Little Piece of Seattle's" FB page (had to do some research to actually find this page), and as I scrolled through the pictures, it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling for all the memories it brought back. But, having grown up in Waukomis and attending 5th through 8th grade in that building, walking those hall ways, playing basketball on that court, performing plays on that stage, working in that concession stand and finally walking that stage as a Class of '90 graduate, it also made me want to cry to know… Read more »

Carolyn
Carolyn
7 years ago

Viewing the photos brings back a flood of memories. Breaks my heart to see the gym floor in such bad condition. Played many a basketball game on that floor and the many hours of practice before and after school. Danny Koch was a great coach and knew how to make us enjoy basketball. Ronald Throckmorton, Jack Vaughn were two of my middle school coaches. I do not wish to go back to my life in the 60's but I will say I do not think todays youth will have the memories of their school years as we have of those… Read more »

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