Southside Elementary

City/Town: El Dorado
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1926
Year Abandoned: 2003
Status: Abandoned
Photographer: James Kirkendall

Southside Elementary School is the oldest school building in El Dorado that was still in use as of April 23 1986. It is a 2 Story building with a spacious basement. It is one year older then the Yocum Elemtary School in El Dorado. The land was purchased by the El Dorado School district on May 13 1924 and the building was constructed on April 5, 1926. Between 1924 and 1926 classes were conducted in portable buildings. Southside Elementary School had about 300 students up until about mid 1980’s, and they had about 350 students or more during the oil boom. Architects and engineers conducted a survey of Southside Elementary School. $250,000 to replace electrical systems, $500,000 and up to repair heating and cooling, $100,000 to repair foundation problems. $750,000 to $1 million to repair the worn out systems and building would still not be handicapped accessible.

El Dorado School board voted to close Southside Elementary School in 2003.

Article by James Kirkendall

Sources: El Dorado NEWS-TIMES, Barton Library.


  1. Hey, I'm a long time fan and reader of your blog, first time commenter. Just wanted to say this post really hit home with the stuff I've been looking into. Thanks man

  2. It has since been torn down. It was the oldest school in El Dorado, and they didn't even bother to empty it out first or even clean it up after the demo. It's just disgraceful to the memory of one of the best schools in town.

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  4. Sad it got torn down. February 10, 2016 will be a dark day remembered for numerous Southside alumni.

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  6. It does not take much to change restrooms to handicap would need elevator handicap ramps

  7. Daniel Morton on

    I attended this school from '92-'96 with the GT program. Absolutely heartbreaking to see it in this shape. Just a shell of its former self.

  8. Repair it…and make it into apartment/condo lofts out of old building I hate to see it torn down !

  9. They find money to fix everything else around here they can find money to fix the school.

  10. I went to Southside grades 1-8 in the 1940s. We got a very good education there. We had dedicated teachers and staff. I still remember the school song: Southside, Southside, the school we all adore; Southside, Southside, we love it more and more; We go to school to work and play; and have a grand time every day; Let everyone stand up and say: Hurrah for Southside!

  11. i use to work at that school back in 2006 when it was an day care school called SWEDA

    • There will never be a school like Southside. Both in teachers and students. My children went there for all of their grade school years, and I taught there for 16 years. I appreciate all the friends and teachers and students I met while there. It will always have a special place in my heart.
      Nancy Dumas

  12. There is more to the story… And the city has already made plans to tear it down unfortunately.

    • Carol S Felton on

      My children went to Southside. It was the "gifted and talented" school. They did a wonderful job educating there. It is a shame the beautiful building can t find a new use. It would help a needy section of our community. If anyone has any ideas write a grant and recycle this fine old building

      • makes u feel old don't it…..I performed on that stage the three little pigs in '83-84
        I was a second grader
        Went to gt there that summer too
        Wish they could preserve this building has many many memories for lots of people…..

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