Old School

When a school building has outlived its original purpose, it can be sold for apartments, a single family dwelling, or torn down.  My old brick high school in Angola, Indiana, was bought by the county for $1 in the 1990s and has a new life today, housing government offices and agencies.  Though many of the old classrooms have been partitioned off, there are features recognizable to former (notice I didn’t say “old”) students like me.  While visiting my mother this week, I took a walk through the well-maintained tile and terrazzo floors.

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The main stairwell from the front entramce continues up to the second floor.  Clamoring feet and ringing tardy bells come to mind when I see this shot.

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Ascending to the main hallway, the three doors to the auditorium still greeted me.  I remember kids flooding in for convocations, club meetings and play practice.

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Detail of fresco outside auditorium doors.

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Who doesn’t recall the view of the attendance and principal’s offices ahead?  And the porcelain drinking fountains…still there.

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As in Shel Silverstein’s book, “The Giving Tree,” the old place keeps offering more of itself to students who walked its floors.

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The Steuben County Extension Office continues to support the tradition of 4-H.  The old home economics kitchen downstairs, where I first cooked a meal of boxed macaroni in the eighth grade, is still intact and used for demonstrations, etc.

 

A page from the 1920 Key, the Angola High School yearbook.  http://www.classmates.com

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3 thoughts on “Old School

  1. Love this!!! There’s just something so neat about walking into a building you knew in childhood, decades later. I love lots of the architectural details. Buildings aren’t built like that today. I’m so glad the building is still being used! Love all the photos too.

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  2. Thanks, Susan! Sometimes we tend to remember a few bad things about school days, but there was a lot of joy and laughter in this place, too.

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  3. Margaret, you are amazing! Busy all the time!

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