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Location DB > United States > Louisiana > Rodessa > The Ghost School
 Name
The Ghost School
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 Database Info
created by Explorer Zero on 12/19/2007 3:45 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 4/9/2021 12:48 AM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
A two story concrete and brick high school building of about 33000sq ft on 5 acres. The property is fenced with standard 6ft chainlink and overgrown with trees and brush. The lawn outside the fence was being cut at least as recently as the summer of 2007. Most of the windows are broken out and the interior has been severely vandalized. The roof has failed in numerous places causing the floor beneath it to weather and deteriorate.

This location is next to a very old cemetary with several early 19th century interments. It is still very active and several fresh graves, modern headstones and plastic flower arrangements were noted.

This location is highly visible from a residential neighborhood and from the road. Do not use flashlights, do not park on or even near the property take a few extra minutes and hike in.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate due to high profile and visibility
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address

Rodessa, Louisiana
United States
Owner: Caddo Parrish ISD most likely
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • bees, lots of bees, unsafe ceilings, debris of all sorts and mold some of which may be potentially dangerous mold
  •  Interesting Features
    Architecture, ghost legends, glass chalkboards, asbestos heater vents, mold and plenty of photogenic decay.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • regular patrols by village PD
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1938
    Closed: 1962
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  •  Recommended Equipment
    boots
     History
    Rodessa Louisiana was originally named Frog Level after some bullfrogs in the nearby bayou kept croaking loud enough to interupt a speech founding resident Noah Tyson was trying make at a town meeting.

    The peculiar name stuck until 1898 when the Kansas City Southern Railroad was built through the site of present day Rodessa Village and it was renamed in honor of the KCS presidents daughter, Rodessa.

    In 1939 a tornado wiped out most of the town but this school building survived. It was designed by Louisiana architect Seymour Van Os in 1937 and built with recently acquired oil money. I was unable to find out why it closed but I did learn that the Rodessa students had to start going to nearby Vivian ISD to get their education.

    As late as 1996, the Caddo Parish School District was still debating what to do with this property. The building itself is contaminated from top to bottom with asbestos. The heater vent pipes are made almost entirely of asbestos! I suspect it would bankrupt this relatively poor school district to remediate and demolish it today.

    As for any ghosts, I like a good ghost story as much as the next guy and there are several ongoing haunted Internet legends posted about this school and Rodessa Village. The Tyson cemetary is right next to the school which no doubt continues to fuel these myths. Recently a group of ghost busters got arrested in here by the Rodessa police chief herself.

    I named this UEDB location entry The Ghost School not because I think its haunted but because the school itself is a ghost like a ghost town or ghost ship.
     Media Coverage
    Very little if any.
     Future Plans
    Not any time soon.
     Stories
    A Failed Night Mission
    Wed, May 21st, 2008
    posted by Imbroglio
    In broad daylight
    Thu, Dec 20th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero


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     Photo Galleries
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    Drive By / Recon
    Sat, Sep 1st, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
    3 pictures
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    Class of 2007
    Thu, Dec 20th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
    25 pictures
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    Rodessa School
    Thu, Jan 3rd, 2008
    posted by FireworksOrStars
    14 pictures
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    Satellite analysis
    Sun, Dec 28th, 2014
    posted by Explorer Zero
    3 pictures
    Click to view gallery
    ghost
    Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
    posted by fatwax4
    6 pictures
     


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     Web Links
    Meeting agenda 9/6/1996 Caddo Parish School District
    file is not found

    Most of these ghost websites have a story about every town, literally (sorry no pics of goat woman)
    http://www.ghostso...ost_sightings.html

    Spelled incorrectly as Rhodessa, its even been featured in a past Infiltration discussion
    http://www.uer.ca/...d=21670&currpage=2
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    Category Rating
    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 4/9/2021 12:48 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Apr 9 21 at 0:48, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 9 21 at 0:48, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Interesting Features, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Web Links
  • on Apr 8 21 at 23:22, fatwax4 changed the following: Status
  • on Jul 15 18 at 13:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 15 18 at 13:07, Explorer Zero made this location private
  • on May 18 17 at 18:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 17 17 at 2:04, fatwax4 updated gallery ghost
  • on May 17 17 at 2:03, fatwax4 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 17 17 at 2:01, fatwax4 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 17 17 at 2:00, fatwax4 created a new gallery
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    You must log in for this feature to work.The Ghost School of RodessaAcadian254112/28/2014 4:16 PM by Explorer Zero
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