Schools

Decades of school consolidations and closures, brought about by population declines and policy shifts, have left over a thousand schools abandoned in the United States.

Indiana

Green Township Public School (Williamsburg, Indiana)

Green Township Public School (Williamsburg, Indiana)

The Green Township Public School is located in Williamsburg, Indiana.

Location: Williamsburg, Indiana
Status: Closed

Utica School

Constructed originally in the late-19th century, the Utica, Indiana School was rebuilt during the Great Depression and used until the start of the 21st century.

Location: Utica, Indiana
Status: Renovated

Kentucky

Arjay, Kentucky School

Arjay School

The coal camp of Arjay was located on a branch line of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and was operated by the Arjay Coal Company.

Location: Arjay, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Barlow, Kentucky School

Ballard Memorial High School

The Ballard Memorial High School is located in Barlow, Kentucky and was finished by the Works Progress Administration as Project 2214 in 1936.

Location: Barlow, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Big Rock School

Big Rock School

Big Rock School was located south of Jackson, Kentucky along Kentucky State Route 30 and Cane Creek. The two-story structure was constructed of load-bearing sandstone by the Works Progress Administration and was closed in the 1970s.

Location: Jackson, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Blaine, Kentucky School

Blaine School

The Blaine School was located in Blaine and was completed as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

Location: Blaine, Kentucky
Status: Demolished

Broadway School

The Broadway School is located along Broadway in Hazard, Kentucky, and was constructed in 1912 as the first Hazard public school specific to high school students. It is scheduled for demolition.

Location: Hazard, Kentucky
Status: Demolished

Buckeye School

Buckeye School

The Buckeye School is located in Buckeye, Kentucky and was dedicated in May 1919. The high school was closed in 1964 when the Garrard County school district was formed.

Location: Buckeye, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

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Campton High School

Campton High School, located in Campton, Kentucky, was opened in 1942. It was the first publically funded high school in Wolfe County, constructed during the Great Depression with funding from the Federal Works Project Adminsitration (WPA).

Location: Campton, Kentucky
Status: Being Renovated

Edmonton High School

Edmonton High School

This abandoned two-story school in Edmonton, Kentucky is collapsing and re-use for this historic structure does not seem imminent.

Location: Edmonton, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Erie School and Aiken Hall

Erie School

The Erie School and Aiken Hall was located in Olive Hill, Kentucky and was private religious school of the United Methodist Church from 1914 until 1958.

Location: Olive Hill, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned/Closed

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Farmington High School

Farmington High School was located in Farmington, Kentucky and was constructed in 1934 by the Kentucky Emergency Relief Administration.

Location: Farmington , Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Frenchburg Presbyterian College

Frenchburg Presbyterian College

The Frenchburg Presbyterian College in Frenchburg, Kentucky was a mission-based educational and healthcare facility operated by the United Presbyterian Church, and served as the only high school in the area for many years and as the only hospital between Lexington and Ashland for a period of time.

Location: Frenchburg, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Grassy, Kentucky School

Grassy School

The Grassy School was located in Grassy and was closed in 2002 when it and Tomahawk was merged into the new Eden Elementary School.

Location: Grassy, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Haldeman Elementary

Haldeman Elementary

Haldeman used to be a much larger town. Once boasting a brick factory in nearby Soldier, a school, and several businesses during its boom times, it is today a quiet residential community of rural Carter county. This particular school was built in 1937 with an expansion in the 1960s.

Location: Haldeman, Kentucky
Status: Partially Demolished

Hazel Green Academy

Hazel Green Academy

Hazel Green Academy was located in Hazel Green, Kentucky. It was a private school that was available to young men and women in the remote eastern mountains of the state.

Location: Hazel Green, Kentucky
Status: Closed

Irvine, Kentucky High School

Irvine High School

The former Irvine High School in Irvine was built in 1930.

Location: Irvine, Kentucky
Status: Closed

Kettle Island, Kentucky School

Kettle Island School

The Kettle Island School is located in Kettle Island and was constructed by the Pioneer Coal Company.

Location: Kettle Island, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Kevil, Kentucky School

Kevil School

The Kevil School is located in Kevil.

Location: Kevil, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Lawton School
Lawton School

The Lawton Elementary School in Lawton, Kentucky closed in 1994 when it and Clark Hill and Grahn was merged into Olive Hill Elementary.

Location: Lawton, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Lynn, Kentucky School

Lynn School

The Lynn School is located in Lynn.

Location: Lynn, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

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Mays Lick Consolidated School

Mays Lick Consolidated School is located in Mays Lick, Kentucky and was constructed in 1909-1910 for $32,500. The building was the first high school in Mason County and until 1960, was the only public high school to serve the Mays Lick District.

Location: Mays Lick, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

M.C. Napier High School

M.C. Napier High School

The Napier High School in Hazard, Kentucky opened in 1953 and remained in use until 2005. In only a few short years, the property has become battered and beaten, and sports a trashed interior and a very leaky roof.

Location: Hazard, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

McKee School

McKee School

The McKee High School is located in McKee, Kentucky and was constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1938.

Location: McKee, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Millersburg Military Institute

Millersburg Military Institute

The Millersburg Military Institute was founded in 1852 in Millersburg, Kentucky and closed over 150 years later due to dwindling enrollment. It was reopened in 2009 under a new name and promising growth.

Location: Millersburg, Kentucky
Status: Closed

Morgan, Kentucky School

Morgan School

The Morgan School is located in Morgan and was constructed in 1929.

Location: Morgan, Kentucky
Status: Partially Demolished

Mt. Sterling High School

Mt. Sterling High School

Abandoned in the 1990s, most of the Mt. Sterling, Kentucky High School has been rehabilitated into medical offices and clinics.

Location: Mt. Sterling, Kentucky
Status: Renovated

Oddville School

Oddville School

Location: Oddville, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned/Demolished

Olive Hill High School

Olive Hill High School

Closed for good in 1994, the Olive Hill, Kentucky High School was on the brink of demolition when a 22″ snowfall caused the gymnasium roof to collapse. The interior had been stripped of its former glory, and it seemed as if it was deeded over to neglect and vandalism. Thankfully, a former mayor of the city purchased the building and then proceeded to deed it over to a historical society. The gymnasium has been rebuilt and the property is being slowly renovated.

Location: Olive Hill, Kentucky
Status: Closed

Oxford, Kentucky School

Oxford School

The Oxford School is located in Oxford, Kentucky and was constructed in 1928.

Location: Oxford, Kentucky
Status: Closed

Parkland School

Parkland School

Parkland School is a school in the Parkland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Status: Renovated

Pleasant Home, Kentucky School

Pleasant Home School

The Pleasant Home School is located in Pleasant Home, Kentucky.

Location: Pleasant Home, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Pleasant Retreat Ridge School

Pleasant Retreat Ridge School

An old two room schoolhouse along Pleasant Retreat Ridge on SR 625 south of Milton, Kentucky.

Location: Milton, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

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Ravenna Graded School

The Ravenna Graded School is located in Ravenna, Kentucky and was constructed in 1927.

Location: Ravena, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Ruddles Mills School

The Ruddles Mill School in rural Bourbon County, Kentucky was dedicated on October 1, 1923 to serve the small community of several hundred that was named for Isaac Ruddell.

Location: Ruddles Mill, Kentucky
Status:

Sue Bennett College

Sue Bennett College

Sue Bennett College was a private college that was in operation from 1897 through 1997. Affiliated with the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, the national organization of the United Methodist Church, it began as an elementary school before becoming a two-year college.

Location: London, Kentucky
Status: Closed

Tomahawk, Kentucky School

Tomahawk School

The Tomahawk School is located in Tomahawk, Kentucky and was closed in 2002 when it and Grassy was merged into the new Eden Elementary School.

Location: Tomahawk, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Michigan

St. Anthony High School

St. Anthony High School

St. Anthony High School, also known as East Catholic High School, was located at the corner of Sheridan Street and Farnsworth Street in Detroit, Michigan. Closed in 2005, the building is being demolished after just a few short years of neglect.

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Status: Demolished

Servite Catholic High School

Servite Catholic High School

St. John Berchmans Catholic Church and Servite Catholic High School is located on the east side of Detroit, Michigan and operated as a combination church and school.

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Status: Abandoned

Ohio

Cadmus High School

Built in 1928 to serve the rural Gallia County community of Cadmus, Ohio, this small school closed its doors in the late-1980s.

Location: Cadmus, Ohio
Status:

Caesar Creek Township School

Caesar Creek Township School

Caesar Creek School, located in Caesar Creek Township in rural Greene County, Ohio, was constructed as a high school in 1908 snd closed in 1967.

Location: Greene County, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

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Crooksville High School

The Crooksville High School was located in Crooksville, Ohio and was constructed in 1904 as the city’s high school.

Location: Crooksville, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Dawson-Bryant High School

Dawson-Bryant High School

The Dawson-Bryant High School is located in Coal Grove, Ohio and was constructed in 1931.

Location: Coal Grove, Ohio
Status: Closed

Decatur Township, Lawrence County, Ohio School

Decatur Township School

The Decatur Township School is located in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Location: Lawrence County, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Fairview School

Fairview School

Fairview School is located in the Fairview neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio and was built from 1888-90 in the Romanesque Revival architectural style.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Renovated

Georgetown, Ohio School

A closed school in Georgetown, Ohio.

Location: Georgetown, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Green Township School

The Green Township School in Powellsville, Ohio was constructed in 1925 and closed in 1961.

Location: Powellsville, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Franklin Furnace / Green Township, Scioto County, Ohio School

Green Township School No. 2

Green Township School No. 2 in Franklin Furnace, Ohio was constructed in 1949-50.

Location: Franklin Furnace, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Heberle School

This sizable school, located in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio, was located in one of the worst neighborhoods in the midwest in terms of poverty and crime. The entire area is being redeveloped, with a mix of upper, middle, and lower income townhouses, apartments and condos being constructed at a record-breaking pace. The fate of this hulk from the rough times of the past is in question.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Higginsport, Ohio School

Higginsport School

Located in Higginsport, Ohio, the Higginsport School has been closed since 1987, although it is prepped for future restoration.

Location: Higginsport, Ohio
Status: Being Renovated

Ironton High School

Ironton High School

Erected in 1922, this grand classical brick school in Ironton, Ohio was demolished in 2007 and rebuilt. Take a peek at its present condition on the last public viewing day!

Location: Ironton, Ohio
Status: Rebuilt

John Simpson Junior High School

John Simpson Junior High School

The John Simpson Junior High School is located in Mansfield, Ohio and was constructed in 1939.

Location: Mansfield, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Linwood Public School

Linwood Public School

Linwood Public School is located in the Linwood neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Constructed in 1929, Linwood was designed in the Romanesque Revival architectural style by Fecheimer & Ilhorst. It closed in 2005.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Closed

McKinley School

McKinley School

The McKinley School, located along Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio, was constructed in 1876 as a three-and-a-half story structure along Tennyson Street in the Italianate/Jacobethan style. A two-story addition was built in 1919 along Eastern Avenue that contrasted sharply from the Italiante design. In December 2005, the McKinley School was closed and has since been reopened as the Irish Heritage Center.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Active

Monitor School

The Monitor School, located in Coal Grove, Ohio, was constructed in 1905 and has been closed since 1984 when new facilities were constructed outside of town. The building was envisioned as a community and retirement center but was never restored due to neighborhood opposition.

Location: Coal Grove, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Murray City School

The Murray City School in Murray City, Ohio was constructed in 1912-14 and closed in 1981.

Location: Murray City, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Pomeroy Junior High School

Pomeroy’s Junior High School was constructed in 1929 and vacated in 1970, when the Pomeroy, Rutland and Middleport, Ohio schools consolidated into the Meigs Local School District.

Location: Pomeroy, Ohio
Status: Demolished

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Rose Farm School

The Rose Farm School was located in Rose Farm, Ohio and was constructed in 1931.

Location: Rose Farm, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic School

St. Lawrence O’Toole School was a former catholic school in Ironton, Ohio. Constructed in 1910, the 11,910 square-foot institute served grades one through eight until the early 1980s. The building was repurposed shortly thereafter into a community center that lasted only a brief period.

Location: Ironton, Ohio
Status: Renovated

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Sayre School

The Sayre School was constructed in 1908.

Location: Sayre, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Sunshine School

Sunshine School

The Sunshine School is located on OH 335 north of Sciotoville, Ohio.

Location: Scioto County, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Hollister, Ohio School

Trimble Township School

The Trimble Township School is located in Hollister, Ohio.

Location: Hollister, Ohio
Status:

Valley Rural School

An abandoned school in Lucasville, Ohio that has long been demolished.

Location: Lucasville, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Waterloo School

Plans to establish a high school in Waterloo, Ohio, a farming community located in northern Lawrence County, began in 1916 and became a reality in the following year, using the second floor of a local store. The school relocated to the former Waterloo Methodist Church building until 1930. Plans for a permanent school structure began in 1928, and a bond issue was passed in 1929 and the new high school was opened in 1930. The Waterloo High School closed in 1961 upon completion of the Symmes Valely School.

Location: Waterloo, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Wellston High School

This large high school served the community of Wellston, Ohio for more than a quarter century before seeing its demise in the summer of 2003.

Location: Wellston, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Windsor School

Windsor School

Windsor School School is located in the Walnut Hills neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio and was constructed in 1888.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Closed

Pennsylvania

Larimer School

Larimer School

Larimer School is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and remains the most elaborate and intact of Pittsburgh’s schools designed by Ulysses Lincoln Peoples.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Status: Abandoned

West Virginia

Gary High School

Adkins District High School

Gary High School was located in Gary, West Virginia and was home to the Coaldiggers.

Location: Gary, West Virginia
Status: Active

Alderson Academy

Alderson Academy

The Alderson Academy was a Baptist-affiliated school. After its merger with Broaddus College in Philippi, the Alderson campus was mothballed. It was reused by two other colleges before being abandoned.

Location: West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

Beaver High School

Beaver High School

The Beaver High School is located along 3rd Street in Bluefield, West Virginia. The school, located in the Beaver Pond District, served as a high school until 1953 until the Bluefield High School opened on Cumberland Road. The building continud to serve as the Bluefield Central Junior High School until the Bluefield Junior High School, now the Bluefield Middle School, opened.

Location: Bluefield, West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

Big Creek High School

Big Creek High School was located in War, West Virginia and was constructed in 1931. The school gained some national attention in the 1999 movie “October Sky,” and was referred to as “the historic home of the Rocket Boys of McDowell County.” On May 28, 2010, the last graduating class at Big Creek marched during what was an emotional ceremony at the school, and the historic structure is scheduled for demolition.

Location: War, West Virginia
Status:

Bluestone School

Bluestone High School

The Bluestone High School was located in Bramwell, West Virginia. Constructed in 1948, it served as an elementary and high school for African-Americans.

Location: Bramwell, West Virginia
Status:

Clarksburg Central Junior High School

Central Junior High School

The Clarksburg Central Junior High School was located along School Street in downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Location: Clarksburg, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Cove School

Closed in 1991, Cove School was located in downtown Weirton, West Virginia.

Location: Weirton, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Elbert-Filbert Public School

Elbert-Filbert Public School

The Elbert-Filbert Public School is a closed school in Elbert, West Virginia that has since become a church.

Location: Elbert, West Virginia
Status: Active

Gary Grade and District High School

Gary Grade and District High School

The Gary Negro Grade School and the Gary District High School were located in Gary, West Virginia. The schools were integrated with the McDowell County school system, including the Adkins District High School, in 1965.

Location: Gary, West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

Genesis School

Genesis School

The Genesis School is located in McMechen, West Virginia.

Location: McMechen, West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

Glen Rogers High School

Glen Rogers High School

The Glen Rogers, West Virginia high school, located deep within the coalfields of Wyoming County along Laurel Fork, was built in 1951 and replaced an earlier school. Adjacent to the high school was an elementary school. The high school closed in 1992 when enrollment dropped under 200 students.

Location: Glen Rogers, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Iaeger Graded and Junior High School

Iaeger Graded and Junior High School

The Iaeger Graded and Junior High School was located in Iaeger, West Virginia and was constructed in 1922, with additions being constructed to the rear along the hillside. The school later became home to Iaeger Intermediate before closing in 1999.

Location: Iaeger, West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

Iaeger High School

Iaeger High School

Iaeger High School was located in Iaeger, West Virginia and was demolished in beginning in June 2010. The high school, which opened in 1918, was home to the Iaeger Cubs. On May 28, 2010, the last graduating class – 88 graduates, walked across the stage at the Bob N. Jack Auditorium to accept their diplomas. High school students from Iaeger attend the new River View High School that opened in August at Bradshaw.

Location: Iaeger, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Jefferson School

Jefferson School

Wheeling, West Virginia’s Jefferson School, located at 1401 McColloch Street, was constructed at some point in the late 1800s. Originally a neighborhood school, it became known as the Jefferson Special School in 1959 until 1966, when it was vacated for two years. In 1969, the school became the Civilian Sheltered Work Shop.

Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Jolo Grade School

Jolo Grade School

The Jolo Grade School was located in Jolo, West Virginia. It functions as a community center today.

Location: Jolo, West Virginia
Status: Active

Lakin Industrial School for Colored Boys

Lakin Industrial School for Colored Boys

The Lakin Industrial School for Colored Boys, north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was founded by three African-American state legislators that created several state-funded reform institutions for blacks between 1919 and 1921. The school closed in 1956, only two years after the Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka.

Location: Lakin, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Lenore Junior High School

Lenore Junior High School

The Lenore Junior High School is located in Lenore, West Virginia, a former coal camp town north of Williamson.

Location: Lenore, West Virginia
Status: Partially Demolished

Lincoln School

Lincoln School

The Lincoln School was located on Hill Street in Hinton, West Virginia. The all-black school closed in 1962 due to the effects of integration and was later reused for vocational classes.

Location: Hinton, West Virginia
Status:

Mallory, West Virginia Elementary School

Mallory School

The Mallory School is located in Mallory, West Virginia.

Location: Mallory, West Virginia
Status: Closed

Sweet Springs School

Sweet Springs School

The Sweet Springs School is located in Sweet Springs, West Virginia.

Location: Sweet Springs, West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

Trap Hill High School

Trap Hill High School

Trap Hill High School is located in Surveyor, West Virginia and served the Trap Hill district from its inception in 1930 until a new facility was constructed in the 2000s.

Location: Surveyor, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Turkey Bone No. 14 School

Turkey Bone No. 14 School

The Turkey Bone No. 14 School is located in Webster County, West Virginia.

Location: Webster County, West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

War High School

An abandoned high school complex in War, West Virginia.

Location: War, West Virginia
Status: Abandoned