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Abandoned Places – William Hooper Councill High School (WCHS), Huntsville – Part 3 of 3

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Jan. 25th, 2013 | 09:21 am
location: United States, Alabama, Huntsville
mood: Good
music: Michiøn - Downpour
posted by: jj_maccrimmon in abandonedplaces

Finishing the exploration.

As the city employees who were my escort took me deeper and deeper into the former high school, the dust and age of the ‘left-overs’ gave the impression that these areas had been largely untouched even by the swatters and metals thieves. There were several areas that disturbingly colder than the surroundings. Before it’s asked, no, I didn’t notice any permanent residents.

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Boys and Girls Club photo School095FCa_zps0014f40f.jpg


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Instructions and farewells photo School097FCa_zpscae6f0da.jpg
Instructions and farewells - this was surprising because the city said the complex was closed in 1991; however comments and notes like this mean some sections of the building were kept open till mid 2005.

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Club offices

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Community Theater photo School093FCa_zpse670f2bd.jpg
While one wall showed the mundane directions and guidance for the long closed youth club, the opposite wall was still covered by this surreal scene

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Halloween photo School110FCa_zps27e76712.jpg
Equally surreal was the disgorged Halloween displays and bric-a-brac spilled on the floor

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Working out photo School123FCa_zps20b151a0.jpg
The Boys and Girls Club had a small but well stocked weight room to building bodies as well as minds

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Exercise equipment photo School124FCa_zps4b323aec.jpg

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Sheet Music photo School127FCa_zpsd3ffc436.jpg
Sheet music

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Band room materials photo School128FCa_zpsd321e6a0.jpg

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Boys and Girls Club storage photo School135FCa_zps68549424.jpg

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Past Heroes photo School132FCa_zps116a65e2.jpg
Leaving the Boys and Girls Club area, we next area had not been used since the early 80’s. This was the offices of the Huntsville Office for Civil Defense. These trophies had been placed here from the school’s old storage closets and displays. Most of these trophies dated to the mid 50’s and 60’s.

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CD Radio photo School139FCa_zps30ec5b2b.jpg
The dust lay thickly on everything in this area. When I mentioned that the city could make a small fortune selling these items, the manager acting as lead escort said that the city council and comptroller had to approve the sale or donation of any ‘city property’ and they were too understaffed and under budgeted to coordinate a sale of any of the items in the building..

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Civil Defenseless photo School142FCa_zps603d5c68.jpg
Civil defenseless

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Stylin' photo School143FCa_zpsd4e87ee9.jpg
Under one of the desks, I happened to notice these.

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Woodshop 3 photo School151FCa_zps2925c613.jpg

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Woodshop 2 photo School154FCa_zps134c73d2.jpg

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Woodshop storage photo School119FCa_zpsbcd6989c.jpg

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Prayer photo School152FCa_zps7ac69c6b.jpg
Surprisingly unfaded

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Woodshop apron photo School160FCa_zps578ec9a5.jpg
Apron

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Electrolux photo School159FCa_zps62edb5b6.jpg
Electrolux

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First aid photo School162FCa_zps5d508a96.jpg
First aid – That’s a can of burn spray

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Woodshop surprise photo School176FCa_zpsa8c04d7d.jpg
One of the other surprises was the number of old records laying about the wood shop area

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Ballet door photo School164FCa_zps5f5dc0fd.jpg
Huntsville Ballet studios lay to one side of the former woodshop

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Community Ballet office photo School165FCa_zpsc952a8f4.jpg
The inside of the studio was seriously water damaged

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Civil Defense Chair photo School173FCa_zps590dbc82.jpg
Emergency chair / gurney

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Homeless sleeping bags photo School148FCa_zpse77461ab.jpg
In the wing with the woodshop and the ballet, was a lone clean bathroom. Hanging on the stalls were several sleeping bags and belongings long since abandoned

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Pool photo School147FCa_zps8c15e5bc.jpg
My escort lead me back to the main school area where we originally entered and showed me some of the upper floor class rooms.

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In some interior areas (facing the courtyard) the wood covering the windows was gone

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Classroom photo School174FCa_zps7028ddeb.jpg
Classroom closet

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Classroom photo School181FCa_zps5f63d1ec.jpg

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Mop buckets photo School177FCa_zps09253596.jpg
Where buckets go to hibernate

I again want to issue special thanks to the representatives of the City of Huntsville for permitting me access and providing me escort on this shoot.

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dr_brainwild

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from: dr_brainwild
date: Jan. 25th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
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I love the general ephemera left on walls in these photos. Very eerie.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jan. 25th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
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There was lots of interesting stuff there. It's really awesome you got escorted around.

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Susan Trexel

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from: almond_cakes
date: Jan. 26th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
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Enjoyed this series of photos. Loved those old shoes you found. The Bible verse in #19 is one I like very much. The Electrolux vacuum made me think..."Electolux really sucks"...I think that used to be their advertising slogan!

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Platero

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from: plateromarten
date: Jan. 26th, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
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Amazing how many uses this building had once the school closed! Seems like a lot of it wasn't wasted, at least until it was abandoned for good.

This was a great journey. Would love to see more posts from you.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jan. 26th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I've been a bad moderator about posting. More is available. Time to edit and load them is what gets me. Now that I've figured out the new and "improved" Photobucket, I should be able to get a post or two here more often.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Jan. 26th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Aww, no tutus too... (sorry, could not resist)

I'd love the civil defense stuff, but only if they threw in those awesome shoes!! ^o^

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likalaruku

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from: likalaruku
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
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#30. Lol, that chair matches the 70s couch in my living room to a tee.

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prizewheel

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from: prizewheel
date: Feb. 1st, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
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That sure is a lot of mop buckets..Thanks for the posting.

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