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Exploring the forgotten school district
< on 5/1/2011 12:47 AM >
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for the last couple months Shanerrrr, Mrs fatwax and myself have been exploring A texas school district that was forced to close its doors due to continuos poor performance on the state's standardized testing. the district was formed in 1927 and was known for its fight against desegregation in the 50's and 60's. In 1958, it had 1,746 White students and 577 African-American students. The number of African-American students increased rapidly over the next decade as the United States government established housing policies that concentrated many African-American families in the northern part of the district. The district, still clinging to its policy of segregation, spent millions of dollars building new schools for black students. The more rural southern portion of the district remained predominantly white. In February 1970, it was forced to implement desegregation busing. White families rapidly moved out of the district and just two years later most schools had black majorities.



school #1 the academic elementary - this school was in the best shape out of all of the schools. It was empty but had little to no vandalism. we had to visit this school mutable times before one of the local's made a p.o.e. for us.

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school #2 the academic elementary {building 2} - This is the smallest modern school I have ever seen. the place only had 5 small classrooms and a office {my sons daycare is bigger}. A food bank was ran from here at one point but for some reason they didnt give away all the food and one of the classrooms is full of box's of rotten food.

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school #3 the north elementary - In the hart of the ghetto. This school was in one of the worst looking neighborhoods i have seen in texas. lots of houses where abandoned, in poor condition and had boards on the windows. The ones that where being lived in all had thick steel bars over the windows, doors and over the porches {the porches looked like cages}. we ended up talking to some people at a local church and they said the school attracts junkies and is making the neighborhood worse that it should be. they also said that they where trying to get the city to demolish it to help with the problem.

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school #4 the "new" south elementary school - The main elementary school in the southern part of the district. multiple fires have been set on the inside and local vandals have ripped the place a part. while we where exploring it I was looking out one of the windows in the back of the school looking at the field behind it when out of no wear a police suv pulled up and parked. OH SHIT THE POLICE! I ducked and ran back to the other two trying to get there attention with out making very much noise. we talked about it and decided to just continue to take pictures and not hide from them {from my experience, if they come in after you DONT HIDE}. After about 30 minutes of some of the blurriest pictures I have ever taken we realised that they where not coming in after us. we thought they might be waiting for us outside because At one point both shanerrrr and mrs fatwax also saw different police vehicles driving around the outside of the school {on the school grounds}. we figured we might as well get it over with so We slowly creeped out of the school but to our surprise there wasnt a single police car or officer, anywhere. feeling very lucky and a little confused we headed back to the truck to call it a day.

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school #5 performing arts high school - the school opened as a segregated all white elementary school. It was later forced to desegregate by the texas government and was changed to a performing arts high school. It was closed and now just sits decaying. The place has been gutted and scrapped by the locals.

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school #6 the old high school / elementary school - While we where at this school we ran into the local fire marshall. It scared the sh!t out of us but it turned out that He was actually a nice guy and told us the history of the school. he said It started off as the high school but the main building was burned down by a arsonist. Instead of rebuilding it they brought in portable buildings and made it into a large elementary. Now it just sits there rotting away. He also told us that the building had a lot of code violations and the city was thinking of demolishing it if it wasnt brought up to code. On 4-28-11 we drove by to get a current shot of the front of the school and i'm sad to say it looks like they are choosing to demolish it. the was a large crane on the football field, a bulldozer and a few other construction vehicles around the gym.

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school #7 the middle school - this school was under construction and was being remodeled. the school is going to be used by a neighboring school district.

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school #8 the high school - a lot of this school is being demolished. A new school is being built right next to it.

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Re: Exploring the forgotten school district
<Reply # 1 on 5/1/2011 2:20 AM >
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Very cool. Great exploration and descriptions.

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<Reply # 2 on 5/1/2011 2:30 AM >
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Fantastic set! I really like the information you give behind each school. I also like how vibrant a lot of your shots are. The focus on a lot of the primary colors really makes the school pictures pop.

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<Reply # 3 on 5/1/2011 8:00 AM >
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Phenomenal! You need to teach me to shoot now that I had a good camera

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<Reply # 4 on 5/1/2011 8:44 AM >
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Nice job. I really like old schools and you certainly made me happy. Great colours too by the way.
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<Reply # 5 on 5/1/2011 3:34 PM >
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thanks everyone! We had a lot of fun exploring these schools and im hyped on how it all turned out!


kind of sad to see it come to a end.

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Phenomenal! You need to teach me to shoot now that I had a good camera


hahaha, thanks man but I dont know how good of a teacher I would be. I'm still learning how to do it myself!
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Re: Exploring the forgotten school district
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Posted by fatwax4
thanks everyone! We had a lot of fun exploring these schools and im hyped on how it all turned out!


kind of sad to see it come to a end.



hahaha, thanks man but I dont know how good of a teacher I would be. I'm still learning how to do it myself!


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<Reply # 7 on 5/1/2011 6:46 PM >
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http://en.wikipedi...nt_School_District


not just low test scores but cheating to cover up low test scores and corruption, the district administrator had friends and family members on the payroll that never showed up or even worked a day for the district all with the taxpayers money

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<Reply # 8 on 5/1/2011 9:13 PM >
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had a feeling it was wilmer-hutchins...
nice set and descriptions too! thanks for sharing-

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<Reply # 9 on 5/2/2011 1:27 PM >
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Brilliance! Loved the stories too...

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The 6th picture from the 3rd school makes me laugh because I am a music teacher and I sometimes feel like I need a drink after a hard day. Thanks for the laugh

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some of mine!


























































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<Reply # 12 on 5/6/2011 6:04 AM >
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superb set of photos! nice composition, and the colors you captured were great. i agree with the others...i really enjoyed the descriptions, and the work you put into looking up the history behind these schools. i tried to keep track of my favorite photos, but after the first few i knew it'd be impossible. haha. i definitely would have had to fight the urge to leave with the globes, though..

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<Reply # 13 on 5/13/2011 2:41 PM >
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Love them all, but really liked the one of the different colored blinds lined up. All of the abandoned books made me sad...

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<Reply # 14 on 5/13/2011 6:35 PM >
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I often wonder why they leave so much furniture and supplies behind like that,couldn't they reuse that stuff at another school! Great set,thanks for sharing!

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<Reply # 15 on 5/13/2011 7:44 PM >
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great job. great history. the colored blinds & the bin of bright colorful strangely shaped toys. also the statue of the human body learning tool is so neat. I am amazed as to how much is left at these sites, books, computers, ect. old schools are so fun & typically have a nice variety of relics inside. how fun to explore a whole region of abandoned schools with such a large range of grade levels too. neat!

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I often wonder why they leave so much furniture and supplies behind like that,couldn't they reuse that stuff at another school! Great set,thanks for sharing!


yeah, I dont really understand it either. All of these schools are in low income neighborhoods and Im sure that the community they are in could use them for the kids that live there.

To be honest, I'm kind of surprised the local residents havent cleaned them out by now.

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Re: Exploring the forgotten school district
<Reply # 17 on 5/13/2011 8:56 PM >
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Posted by fatwax4
school #4 the "new" south elementary school - The main elementary school in the southern part of the district. multiple fires have been set on the inside and local vandals have ripped the place a part. while we where exploring it I was looking out one of the windows in the back of the school looking at the field behind it when out of no wear a police suv pulled up and parked. OH SHIT THE POLICE! I ducked and ran back to the other two trying to get there attention with out making very much noise. we talked about it and decided to just continue to take pictures and not hide from them {from my experience, if they come in after you DONT HIDE}. After about 30 minutes of some of the blurriest pictures I have ever taken we realised that they where not coming in after us. we thought they might be waiting for us outside because At one point both shanerrrr and mrs fatwax also saw different police vehicles driving around the outside of the school {on the school grounds}. we figured we might as well get it over with so We slowly creeped out of the school but to our surprise there wasnt a single police car or officer, anywhere. feeling very lucky and a little confused we headed back to the truck to call it a day.


Sounds like a great idea, but...
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Posted by fatwax4


yeah, I dont really understand it either. All of these schools are in low income neighborhoods and Im sure that the community they are in could use them for the kids that live there.

To be honest, I'm kind of surprised the local residents havent cleaned them out by now.


Especially with all the education budget cuts in Texas. Your tax dollars at work right there. We don't have enough money to pay teachers but we can leave perfectly good educational materials and supplies to rot. I'm stepping off my soapbox now. Can you tell that I'm a teacher?

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<Reply # 19 on 5/14/2011 4:47 AM >
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very nice. sorry I had to miss it.

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