School’s Out Forever
I am an impatient person and while normally I would continue posting photo trips in order last Sunday’s trip keeps begging me to let it cut in line.
Tabula Rasa and I were on our way to Gary when we saw a skyline/landscape shot we both really wanted to take, after over 20 minutes of fruitlessly driving around trying to figure out how to get to where we wanted to be and utterly losing the light and clouds we wanted we gave up and started back towards Gary. Only we didn’t take the expressway like we normally would. We went a totally different route.
We saw this.
We had another one of those pull over and park, throw all plans out the window we’re checking this place out NOW moments. An abandoned school, fer-cryin’-out-loud!
While I have spent the last couple of months poking around factories, power stations, stores and homes we have never had the chance to wander a school. It was a surreal and amazing experience. There wasn’t a ton of a graffiti, oh it had been hit a few times, but for the most part it was untouched. Many of classroom doors were still locked and windows were mostly intact. When they closed the place the down they cleared it out, oh there were shelves of supplies in the basement and heaps of books everywhere, but most class rooms looked like this.
Footsteps and voices echoed and at one point there was a something (raccoon I think) in the ceiling scraping and scuffling about that scared the beejezus out of me. There were also pigeons, one of the most dangerous animals to come across when urban exploring. More on that in a later post.
The science lab had the most left in it, fitting as it was one of my favorite classes back in those dimly remembered days of old, when I was young and attended a public school very much like this one.
However this room filled me the most emotion. I’m not sure what it was used for but it has the most amazing light owing the all sky-light ceiling, and the most amazing floor owing to the same. Alone and forgotten down a small hall that only had one other room attached it once would have been a photo of a patriotic vision of American public schools, now though? Perhaps this is what I see our public education as these days.