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Liberty School

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Built: 1929 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Endangered
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

Libert School was constructed in 1929 as a one-story brick school that was rather long including the gymnasium inside. The school still has the old wooden merry-go-round, monkey bars and swings out front. The cornerstone reads:

Minnie Heckman – Director
J.R. Goddard – Clerk
Fred Hodges – Treasurer
S.S. Voict – Architect
L.B. Pipes – Contractor

Liberty School
Liberty School Students ca. 1911
Provided by Nick Schoenfeldt

Liberty School was the third school of the Unified School District 445 to be closed in the year 1982. The closure came after parents of Liberty students voted to close the school due to attendance being low, the worry that their children weren’t getting a good enough education, and the struggle to get into secondary schools. All twenty-five of the students were consolidated into nearby Dearing School.

Like many other small rural schools, after they consolidated with other districts the buildings were often used by the community. The Prairie Schooner 4-H Club often held its monthly meetings at the historic site throughout the fifties and sixties. It has since been converted into the town community center but having looked in the window the gymnasium seems to be in rough shape and is endangered.





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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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