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Location DB > United States > North Carolina > Valdese > Francis Garrou High School
Francis Garrou High School
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created by never_sleep on 9/6/2004 8:53 PM
last modified by flyingwhale on 10/6/2014 5:10 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
two story school building with a basement. Some small buildings around it including a gym which is still in use and a storage/shop building which is not.

Dane Bruce: I edited this to add information about Leaded Paint. Alot of the paint looks old, and thought it would make sense to update this listing with a lead paint warning. Be careful!
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Valdese, North Carolina
United States
Owner: unknown/state owned?
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • leaded paint (highly likely)
  •  Interesting Features
    The place is full of colors and an absolute joy to photograph on a sunny afternoon. Almost every classroom has a pile of vintage wooden desks in them.
    I have not explored the second floor or basment yet.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1938
    Closed: 1992
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    As of July 10th, 2012, the buildings have been gutted and wrecking crews are on site.

    From the Valdese town website:

    By 1938, the twenty-two rooms of the Old Rock School could no longer house the number of students attending. so Francis Garrou High School, bearing the motto "Education is the True Foundation of Civil Liberty" was constructed. Named for a local representative to the General Assembly in Raleigh. The new High School would serve until 1974 at which time it was converted into a junior high school and high school students attended the newly constructed East Burke High School in nearby Icard.

     Media Coverage
    Small blurb above was found here:

     Future Plans
    A friend who lives in Valdese claims that the school has been slated to be torn down for years but it has never taken place. The town wants to replace it with a bed and breakfast.

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     Photo Galleries
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    First Trip
    Mon, Sep 6th, 2004
    posted by never_sleep
    6 pictures
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    An updated view
    Tue, Nov 27th, 2007
    posted by pezking4
    1 pictures

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     Web Links
    Small blurb above was found here:

    My own photos are here:


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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 10/7/2014 8:35 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 7 14 at 20:35, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 6 14 at 5:10, flyingwhale changed the following: Status
  • on Jul 11 12 at 0:44, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jul 11 12 at 0:02, never_sleep changed the following: Notes for Mods, History, Status
  • on Nov 27 07 at 19:14, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 27 07 at 14:08, pezking4 updated gallery picture scan0028.jpg
  • on Nov 27 07 at 14:07, pezking4 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Nov 27 07 at 14:06, pezking4 updated gallery An updated view
  • on Nov 27 07 at 14:05, pezking4 created a new gallery
  • on Nov 22 07 at 3:48, Emperor Wang validated this location
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