Thread: School Fixtures That Fascinated You

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    Did you school(s), whether it be elementary, middle/junior high or high school, have any fixtures and/or building features that fascinated you, or you just thought were cool??? There were two things a couple of my elementary schools as well as my junior high and high school had that always fascinated me...they were hallway display cases, which, besides the lobby, are often found near "special subject" classrooms, such as the art room, science room and sometimes the library, and the other thing was the electrically-powered folding wall that divided the gym, which was often operated by a key switch. In two of the elementary schools I attended, the multi-purpose room had one of those folding walls that made one half the cafeteria and the other half the gym, and would be opened up only for special occasions such as assemblies. Hallway/lobby display cases as well as the folding walls seem to be most common in school buildings built since the 1950's or 1960's, since they seem to be rare in older buildings.
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    my elementary's library had a reading room where you got to sit on bench/floor like levels and had huge 4 windows in the back that you could open. Also it was vaulted where the sunlight came into the library.
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    Dunno about you, but back when I was in school I was more interested in the girls than some fixtures.
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    Quote by Saruman_w
    Dunno about you, but back when I was in school I was more interested in the girls than some fixtures.


    This is also true!!
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    Quote by mysticwryter
    Quote by Saruman_w
    Dunno about you, but back when I was in school I was more interested in the girls than some fixtures.


    This is also true!!


    Of coarse, I was "girl crazy" myself when I was in school...and still am today!!!
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    For me it was all about the fixtures in the restrooms. Parts of my elementary and junior high schools had fixtures dating from before World War II.

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    My various schools didn't exactly have fixtures. There were oddities, though. For example, I went to Clearview for my 9th grade year, and that school also had a theater where various production were held. The stairway went right to our classroom, meaning that the classroom might have doubled as a dressing room. I'm trying to scrub Clearview (and the other 2 high schools I attended) from my mind, though.
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    We had a boiler room that I was sure was haunted. This was before Elm Street came out too.
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    There used to be an entrance to the local public library right across from the front door and office of the high school I went to. I spent a lot of time there reading magazines, checking out the cd section and studying. It was a well stocked library and made my high school's library look like an absolute joke.
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    My middle school was only 6 years old when I went there (built in 1986). It was one of the last schools in the district that was designed in a way so every classroom had windows. The newer schools were built so only classrooms on the exterior wall had them. Also with additions being added on more and more classrooms have lost their windows (studies show windows help learning).

    It was a simple one floor design, but I liked the layout of it. I liked how everything was so clean and new vs my old elementary school which was built in the early 50s. Another thing I liked was how sturdy and well made it was (all brick and tile inside and out) vs the private school I went to for a few years which had sheetrock. There was just so much quality put into it. Of course public schools have to be built to last.

    My high school was built in 1957 and had several additions added on over the years. It was like walking through time through the different wings. You could just feel the school's history walking through. The front which is where most of the offices are was built in 1973. It seemed so much newer than the addition that was added just a few years before. In fact the front addition reminded me of my middle school except there were less windows and a little more of a 70s vibe. I've been working with a guy online getting the history of the school.
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    Quote by bassman21
    My middle school was only 6 years old when I went there (built in 1986). It was one of the last schools in the district that was designed in a way so every classroom had windows. The newer schools were built so only classrooms on the exterior wall had them. Also with additions being added on more and more classrooms have lost their windows (studies show windows help learning).

    It was a simple one floor design, but I liked the layout of it. I liked how everything was so clean and new vs my old elementary school which was built in the early 50s. Another thing I liked was how sturdy and well made it was (all brick and tile inside and out) vs the private school I went to for a few years which had sheetrock. There was just so much quality put into it. Of course public schools have to be built to last.

    My high school was built in 1957 and had several additions added on over the years. It was like walking through time through the different wings. You could just feel the school's history walking through. The front which is where most of the offices are was built in 1973. It seemed so much newer than the addition that was added just a few years before. In fact the front addition reminded me of my middle school except there were less windows and a little more of a 70s vibe. I've been working with a guy online getting the history of the school.


    Did your schools have the display cases in the hallways and/or the folding walls in the gyms???
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    We never had any folding walls. All the schools had two gyms (main and mini), so there was no need for them.

    My middle school had display cases in the front foyer built into the walls. My high school had display cases both by the gym and by the cafeteria in the student lounge area. There were pics, trophies and stuff like that. The display cases in the student lounge area were added in the 1980s. Before that there were plants.


    Yearbook pic from the early 70s before the cases were added.
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    The girls were more fascinating than the ceiling fans or hidden tunnels
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    Quote by LOL785
    The girls were more fascinating than the ceiling fans or hidden tunnels


    You might have throught differently if you went to my high school
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    Quote by bassman21
    We never had any folding walls. All the schools had two gyms (main and mini), so there was no need for them.

    My middle school had display cases in the front foyer built into the walls. My high school had display cases both by the gym and by the cafeteria in the student lounge area. There were pics, trophies and stuff like that. The display cases in the student lounge area were added in the 1980s. Before that there were plants.


    Yearbook pic from the early 70s before the cases were added.


    The junior high I went to was originally built in the early 1950's and more than half of it was destroyed by fire in the late 1960's. It was rebuilt with several additions and the old sections that survived the fire were repaired and renovated. The main gym, which was in the old section spared from the fire had a folding wall. There was a smaller gym (called the auxiliary gym) that was added on near the main gym after the fire, but had no folding wall. As for display cases, there was one in the main vestibule as you first walk in, as well as in the lobby between the gym and auditorium, both of which had trophies. There were two in the hallway near the art rooms and two in the second floor hallway (new two story wing built after the fire)...one was near the home-ec rooms and the other one was further down the hall near the 7th and 8th grade science rooms. This one 7th grade biology teacher used to often display these jars containing dead animals preserved in formaldehyde in the one display case!
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    Quote by LOL785
    The girls were more fascinating than the ceiling fans or hidden tunnels


    You have plenty of them don't you casanova...
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    At my high school, there was a "secret tunnel" that connected the main building to the north building.
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    I don't know if it would be considered a fixture, probably more of a staple but my elementary school & grade-school (grades K-3rd in one building & 4th-6th in another) had the best damn tasting "shit on a shingle" or "SOS" as it was so known (mashed potatoes topped w/ beef gravy & ground hamburger) that I've ever tasted.

    I've tried several times over the years to emulate this nirvana-like staple of my grade-school hot-lunch program unfortunately to no avail.

    I thought about trying to track down some of our old school's "lunch-ladies" to learn the "holy-grail" of hot-lunch secrets but they are probably all in the ground by now.

    I can still remember, every time this was served during the week; the line for seconds was about half of the sudent body lol.
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    Quote by Timothy1964

    The junior high I went to was originally built in the early 1950's and more than half of it was destroyed by fire in the late 1960's. It was rebuilt with several additions and the old sections that survived the fire were repaired and renovated. The main gym, which was in the old section spared from the fire had a folding wall. There was a smaller gym (called the auxiliary gym) that was added on near the main gym after the fire, but had no folding wall. As for display cases, there was one in the main vestibule as you first walk in, as well as in the lobby between the gym and auditorium, both of which had trophies. There were two in the hallway near the art rooms and two in the second floor hallway (new two story wing built after the fire)...one was near the home-ec rooms and the other one was further down the hall near the 7th and 8th grade science rooms. This one 7th grade biology teacher used to often display these jars containing dead animals preserved in formaldehyde in the one display case!


    A school news paper article talked about the schools "new gym" in the 1950s. They talked about having showers, hair dryers for the girls and a towl service. They also talked about how the gym could be divided for the boys and girls. The mini gym was added in 1978 so at one time they did have dividers.



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    Quote by bassman21
    We never had any folding walls. All the schools had two gyms (main and mini), so there was no need for them.

    My middle school had display cases in the front foyer built into the walls. My high school had display cases both by the gym and by the cafeteria in the student lounge area. There were pics, trophies and stuff like that. The display cases in the student lounge area were added in the 1980s. Before that there were plants.


    Yearbook pic from the early 70s before the cases were added.

    Your high school student lounge sounded real nice. There was only a Senior Lounge when I was in high school, but it was only open for about 4 days my entire Senior year. Nobody could keep that thing open for long before school officials would swoop in and shut it off. I think it was literally just a hallway that had a big screen TV with a VCR and a ratty old couch.

    My junior high school, Goff Middle School in East Greenbush, NY, looked like Odie from Garfield and Friends from above. Hilarious, I know. Its been expanded since then, though.
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